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Crsipy pork shank at Old Munchen in Pompano Beach

JmVikmanis | Oct 24, 200310:35 AM

We've eaten at Checker's Old Munchen German restaurant on Atlantic Blvd. just east of US 1 whenever we've been to Pompano Beach to snowbird. This year we've moved down and it was our choice for our first meal in our newly adopted town. And what a meal it was. The place has always been cute, pretty authentic Bavarian, with good prices and large portions, but last night it was also fantastic in the taste department. Their special was a 2# pork shank that they roast for several hours then deep fry to crisp the skin. The skin was so crispy I had difficulty cutting it, though I could chew it just fine. It was terrific and the underlying meat was nicely roasted and very tasty. I would put this experience on a par (in the pork department) with the suckling pig I had at the famous Botin in Madrid (which is nothing like the Botin in Miami, the latter being a pale imitation of the original) The giant hunk of bone in meat came accompanied with two sides--I chose red cabbage and hot German potato salad, both very nicely done and again in trencherman size portions. My husband had the trusty meatloaf with sauerkraut and a giant side salad --also enough for two. I will probably have one or maybe even two lunches of the leftovers. We had seven glasses of the Warsteiner and Bitburger beers with all of this and the price with tip was under $60. This is good eating. The place advertises in some of the local shopper papers and publishes 10% off coupons with some frequency. Cheap, plentiful and terrific. It doesn't get any better than this.

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