Tucked away in the seaside town of Pompano Beach, Florida lies a piece of Germany. Checkers Old-Munchen is a family owned restaurant passed down from generation to generation, serving authentic German Cuisine. The restaurant ambiance and décor will transport you to another country in another time. The vibe is warm, welcoming and full of character. Lined with weathered wood, the most interesting beer selection and decorative steins you’ll drown in home cooked aromas and some of the best food you’ve ever filled your gullet with. Not only does Checkers offer you a cozy escape for the evening but you can tour the world of German beer during your dining experience.
Munchen, as in Old-Munchen, is German for Munich. But it’s also a signifier of the spirited good times cooked up at this Pompano Beach eatery in that the place feels just like a beer bar set in the historic Bavarian capital. The small restaurant is lined with beer bottles and decorative steins and anchored by a worn, copper-topped bar. Working there is a friendly staff eager to pour you a pint of the good stuff, be it hoppy Spaten Pilsner or dark Franziskaner Dunkel. All around the bar, people share plates of Germanic food like sauerkraut, bratwurst, and spaetzle, all re-created brilliantly. Meanwhile, those same folks belt out German toasts together. (The toast made famous by The Man Show - “Zicke, Zacke, Zicke, Zacke, Hoi, Hoi, Hoi!” – is especially popular.) The wait staff — sweet, efficient — gets a kick out of joking around with the sizable crowd that packs the place on weekends too. With a beer selection that runs more than 60 deep and a kitchen turning out authentic grub, Checkers succeeds in transporting you back to Old-Munchen.
Beer Tasting: Checkers offers 8 sampled beers from the motherland while you satisfy your appetite with bratwurst, sausage, sauerkraut, liverwurst, sautéed spaetzle and onions. Complete the entire tour and get your name on the Checkers bar plaque. Zicke, Zacke, Zicke, Zacke, Hoi, Hoi, Hoi!