Checkers Old Munchen: A Menu That's 60 Beers Deep!

This place is called Munchen, as in Old-Munchen, German for Munich. Spirited good times are cooked up at this Pompano Beach eatery, which 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. The friendly staff is always eager to pour you a pint of the good stuff, be it hoppy Spaten Pilsner or dark Franziskaner Dunkel. Around the bar, people share plates of Germanic food like sauerkraut, bratwurst, and spaetzle (all re-created brilliantly) and belt out German toasts. (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. With a selection that runs more than 60 beers deep and a kitchen turning out authentic grub, Checkers succeeds in transporting you back to Old-Munchen.
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John Linn