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El Tamarindo Cafe II – Celebrity Treatment and Mouthwatering Dishes


El Tamarindo Café II
3100 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach
(954) 532-7773

When we walked in to El Tamarindo, we were immediately greeted by wonderfully attentive service – even more so than at, say, the Capital Grille.

My guest and I were seated quickly, and a white cloth napkin placed across our laps. Another server materialized almost instantly with a pitcher of water, and to my right the most incredible soup appeared. Our drink orders were taken, and a free appetizer of plantains with a cilantro sauce for dipping arrived. Truly a party in your mouth!

You  can look at a menu which includes, burgers, seafood, sushi, and the $7.00 pork chops that melt in your mouth (sorry, nearby chophouse), or watch the server present images of the most mouthwatering dishes on an iPad. I did not ask the price but just said, “I will take that beautiful seabass with squid , mussels and clams on a bed of angel hair pasta (big enough for two, at $24.00).” Later, the chef saw me eyeing the gorgeous Sushi next to me, and made me the biggest sample! (Let’s call it a meal.)

For dessert, we were very impressed by a magical flan that was the best I’ve ever tasted. Throughout our visit, while I am not a celebrity, I was truly treated like one. According to what I’ve heard, everyone is treated this way.

It’s quite clear that Alex, the Chef-owner, knows how to please.  What took me so long to find this treasure?

El Tamarindo Café is open 7 days from 11am-11pm
Oh, and they cater too!

You can also visit several other locations:

El Tamarindo Coal Fired Pizza
712 Atlantic Shores Blvd.
Hallandale, FL. 33009
Telephone:(954) 456-4447

El Tamarindo Bisto & Bar Latin Cafe
233 State Road 84
Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33315
Telephone: (954) 467-5114

El Tamarindo Pizza & Continental Cuisine
614 SE 10th Street
Deerfield Beach, FL
Telephone: (954) 480-9919


Grand Re-Opening of Checkers Old Munchen


On Wednesday, September 14, 2011 there was a buzz at 2209 E. Atlantic Blvd as  Checkers Old Munchen Restaurant re-launched and showed off its new look.  The restaurant took part in programs sponsored by the CRA for upgrading and revamping.  They redid the facade, put in new windows…and boy, do they let in more light. The also redid the carpeting and the flooring around the bar, and  put in new light fixtures all around.  The outcome – a friendly neighborhood German restaurant – is even more warm and inviting.

I spoke with Mathew Moore, the current owner (the restaurant was passed down from his father). Mathew was very pleased with the outcome and was eager to point out the differences. Mathew told me that all of the recipes are family recipes brought over from Germany. They have had the same chef for the past eight years.

The re-opening brought in people to sample free sausage bites, potato pancakes, spaetzel, and pickled cucumbers, along with some beer.

Mathew showed me their “German Beer Tour Passport.”  The concept is to expand their “friends;” that is what they call customers’ knowledge of beer. The idea is you get a “passport” with a list of the 25 beers they serve. Every time Checkers Old Munchen serves you a different beer, it gets checked off, dated, and initialed. When you complete your tour, a brass placard with your name engraved is then hung above the bar and you get the famous “Beer Boot” that is yours to drink out of. No need to try them all at once – in fact, that may not be such a good idea. Keep going back and enjoy the company.