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Chambers 19 Bistro & Bar: A Gourmet Menu with a Sports Bar Atmosphere

By Elisha Neubauer

Chambers 19 first burst onto the restaurant scene in the 1980s, and, despite having changed hands on several occasions, has continued to remain a front runner in the Doylestown market. Located across from the County's courthouse, this casual eatery is a convenient destination for a lunch out with friends or a dinner date in the evening. With the addition of The Other Side, Chambers 19 has a little bit of everything for everyone in the area.

The eatery's unique name is a nod to its surrounding area -- mainly the Bucks County Courthouse situated directly across the road. It was a play on words, hinting towards the judge's chambers of their neighbors. "Thirteen years ago, when Matt Caffrey and his wife Adrienne purchased the restaurant, they changed the name to its current title of Chambers 19, being that we are located at 19 N. Main Street," says Christopher McCarthy, General Manager of Chambers 19 Bistro & Bar.

One of the other changes instituted by the Caffreys was the addition of The Other Side ? a bar within a bar, essentially. Technically an extension on the original building, The Other Side was built in 2006 and adds an even more casual tone to the establishment. "The same menu is offered on the 'Big Bar', as we call it; however it certainly has a more local sports bar feel to it then Chambers bistro ambiance," explains McCarthy. "We offer Trivia, Comedy nights and a DJ on this side whereas on Chambers side it is generally live acoustic music."

The menu is one of the biggest draws to Chambers for locals. When asked which items were most popular among patrons, McCarthy was quick to rattle off quite an impressive list. "For our apps it is hands down our Tuna Tataki and our Duck Spring Rolls," he said. "For our lighter fare options it would be Gourmet Pear Grilled Cheese and our Classic Reuben. Our most popular entrees are our Coquille St Jaques (Scallops) and our Zinfandel Chicken Pasta." But he didn't stop there. He also told us that Chambers 19 has spectacular burgers and unique, interesting salad options.

Being in the neighborhood for around thirty years means a lot to the Chambers crew -- even if they are newer owners. It shows that, despite management changes, the Doylestown area truly appreciates them. To reciprocate that appreciation, Chambers 19 is extremely involved in the community.

"We host a lot of charity events throughout the year," McCarthy tells us. He detailed several distinctive events, such as their charity Celebrity Bar Events, in which a charity nominates someone to help out behind the bar to raise money for their cause. "We also host a lot of fun events for our guests," states McCarthy. "Just this past month we had a Ladies Night event that was really fun."

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