Food Critics Give Checkers Old Munchen German Restaurant Three Thumbs Up

Food Critics Give Checkers Old Munchen German Restaurant Three Thumbs Up

Posted on Apr 23, 2018 in Checkers Old Munchen Blog

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.”

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Germany Has Quirky Customs You Should Follow

Germany Has Quirky Customs You Should Follow

Posted on Apr 9, 2018 in Checkers Old Munchen Blog

Eating at Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant is a tradition anyone can get behind. But as with any country, Germany has some quirky customs and even some crazy laws that unsuspecting foreigners might run afoul of.

According to Destination Tips, these are some things you might want to keep in mind if you travel to Germany:

1. Don’t start a pillow fight

According to German law, a pillow can be regarded as a passive weapon, so you could be charged with assault. However, Berliners do like to participate in International Pillow Fight Day, so if you’re there at the right time, go for it.  But make sure you stay around to help clean up afterwards.

2. Be quiet on Sundays

Germans take Sunday as a day of rest so no noisy tasks are allowed.

3. Avoid talking about World War II

Germans tend to be very sensitive about the war, which most believe to be a huge embarrassment to their nation. It is considered extremely rude to bring up the subject, and carrying Nazi memorabilia or giving the Nazi salute is an imprisonable offense.

4. Let in the chimney sweep

It’s illegal to refuse entry to a chimney sweep, who enter without notice to sweep the soot and check for carbon monoxide emissions. All Germans pay for this service, which stems from a law drafted in the Middle Ages.

5. Use the correct form of “you”

Unless you’re talking to a close friend or a child, always use the formal address “Sie” rather than “du,” the informal pronoun.

6. Don’t sing the first verse of the national anthem

Deutschlandlied (Song of Germany) became the national anthem in 1922, and during the Nazi era only the first verse, beginning with “Germany, Germany above everything” was sung. After World War II, the third verse became the official anthem to distance the country from the Nazis.

7. Don’t run out of gas

Running out of gas on the Autobahn superhighway is dangerous and could lead to fines. There is a law against making unnecessary stops.

8. Never walk in bicycle lanes

Many German cities have pedestrian-only paths as well as bicycle lanes. Bicycle lanes are clearly demarcated by bollards, boulevards or other barriers, so it’s easy to tell which is which.

9. Don’t be late

Germans are very efficient and precise, so being late to appointments is unacceptable. Be on time or a little early.

10. Take off your shoes at the door

German homeowners will usually ask guests to remove their shoes so they don’t track in dirt. Some hosts will provide guests with house shoes.

11. Never Drink Without a Toast

It is considered bad manners to take the first sip of a German beer or other beverage without first giving a toast, which could simply be “prost” (cheers). Keeping eye contact when toasting is considered good luck.

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These Pompano Activities Help You Work Up An Appetite For German Food

These Pompano Activities Help You Work Up An Appetite For German Food

Posted on Apr 2, 2018 in Checkers Old Munchen Blog

A visit to Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant should be included in any trip to Pompano Beach, whether you end your day with a delicious dinner or stop by to enjoy German beer and snacks or a delicious dessert.

But what else is there to do in Pompano?

Besides the obvious attraction of the ocean and beach, quite a lot.

Enjoy the beauty of the tropical flowering gardens of Butterfly World, where 20,000 live exotic butterflies from around the world flutter through six giant screened aviaries.

But this attraction offers more than just butterflies. There also are bird aviaries that hold numerous species, and for a more hands-on experience, you can even hand-feed parrots in the Lorikeet Encounter. Butterfly World also includes botanical gardens, a macaw landing, museum and insectarium, suspension bridge, live bug zoo, laboratory, outdoor cafes, a gift shop and garden center.

Make your next stop Hillsboro Inlet Light, a towering iron lighthouse on Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, an inlet from the Atlantic Ocean that connects the ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway. The lighthouse features an automated fresnel lens, a small museum and lighthouse tours. Check the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society website for information about current hours and tours.

If you want to get outdoors and explore, there are also several local parks you can visit, including Tall Cypress Natural area, featuring 66 acres of dense woods and swampland with an elevated boardwalk, interpretive signs and restrooms.

The more adventurous might want to work up an appetite for German food at a Pompano restaurant canoeing or kayaking Segment 18 of the Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail starting at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Paddlers have the option of traveling the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) or the Atlantic shore, depending on wind, weather and preference.

ICW paddlers will pass through many popular areas including Lauderdale by the Sea, Hillsboro Beach and Lake Boca Raton. Local parks along the way include the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center at Red Reef Park and the Spanish River Park. The Red Reef Park (Atlantic side of Gumbo Limbo) features a man-made reef about 10 feet offshore, where snorkelers can see tropical fish, turtles, eels and stingrays.


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