A panel of three restaurant critics gave Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant in Pompano three thumbs up in their reviews aired on the local PBS show “Check Please! South Florida,” Season 15, Episode 9.
Check, Please! South Florida is a weekly half-hour series hosted by chef Michelle Bernstein that gives amateur foodies the opportunity to review, rate and celebrate their favorite local restaurants.You can watch the video of the broadcast here.
The three amateur critics all agreed that their food at Checkers Old Munchen was flavorful and the atmosphere was warm and inviting.
Matthew Moore, owner of the restaurant, explained that his uncle was a chef in Munich, and when he returned to the United States he wanted to open an authentic German restaurant with the motto, “There are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met yet.
As for the authenticity of the food, “They’re all his recipes,” Moore said.
Matthew Bourie, a real estate agent who was making a return trip to the restaurant, said, “Everything I have ever had there has been fantastic.”
On this trip, he enjoyed the Jagerschnitzel (a pork cutlet dish) along with spaetzle (dumplings) and cucumber salad. He also enjoyed the potato dumplings and warm potato salad.
Bourie also said that he and his girlfriend were part of the beer Boot Tour, a challenge to try all of the 30 German beers available at Checkers Old Munchen, but so far had only gotten through five. Beers are served in a one-liter boot, and guests who try all 30 get their name on a plaque on the restaurant’s wall of beer steins.
Bourie recommended having reservations or getting to the restaurant early for dinner.
Bill Brown, a retired submarine salesman, said he was born in Germany so has a taste for German food. He chose the grilled tuna salad, and also shared a sampler platter that included sausages and potato pancakes with the table.
Bourie called the potato pancakes “my favorite,” and Brown noted that they were “moist inside and very flavorful.”
For dessert, Brown tried a trifecta of German pastries, the Black Forest cake was “moist with not too much sugar,” the pineapple upside down cake and the apple strudel. Of the strudel, he said, “This is the place to get it.”
Diana Lechter, a homemaker, had the stuffed cabbage. She said the filling was “moist and delicate” and “the flavor was unbelievable.”
Of the decor, she said, “It took me to Germany. It was very authentic.”Read More