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Vaughan's Public House Restaurant Review: Whether we're describing the crowd or the cuisine at Vaughan's, the words that immediately spring to mind are "hearty” and "beer-infused." The most authentic of Hartford's Irish pubs, this is a place where you'll find a boisterous bunch of diners and drinkers, even on a weeknight. Nab a seat at the mahogany bar --- an Irish import --- or snuggle into a booth to be transported out of the Insurance City for a wee time. Vaughan's menu of Irish favorites includes a creamy wheel of baked Brie drizzled with black cherry preserves, black and tan onion rings, and a basket of beer-battered fish 'n' chips made with flaky, moist Atlantic cod. On blustery days, nothing chases the chills like thick and savory Guinness lamb stew --- except maybe the mixed grill of Irish sausages, rashers, puddings and champs. You won't go wrong with a simple meatloaf sandwich or a burger, either. The warm Guinness brownie à la mode will alter your assumption that beer and sweets don't mix, and while Vaughan's Famous Cheesecake with Oreo crust may not evoke the Emerald Isle, why not enjoy it? Of course, amid all these pluses is one major minus: Vaughan's popularity means there's often a long wait for service, even at the bar.