Maclean Restaurant 
It’s easy to get distracted by trendy sushi places, the latest soup & salad franchise, and the abundance of great Vietnamese that Richmond has to offer. But every once in a while you notice that great diner that’s been around forever. Or maybe you don’t notice it at all, because its nondescript and timeless exterior renders it nearly invisible. We’ve been to one or two places like this and come away delighted. We’re not sure how we heard about Maclean Restaurant… it was probably its favorable Urbanspoon rating. Armed with GPS and address, we only drove by it once. That’s how unassuming it is. Seek it out and step inside, though. You’re in for a great home-style meal.
Maclean sports the requisite lunch counter and when you walk in you’ll swear it and its inhabitants have always been there. Service was as friendly as can be. Is the Open-Faced Meat Loaf Sandwich I ordered really the best thing on the menu? I wouldn’t be surprised, but maybe our server telling us so was just part of the charm. But maybe it really is. Served with mashed potatoes and gravy, it was exactly what I wanted from a southern-style diner. Warm and satisfying and gone way too fast.
Adam had the Open-faced Roast Beef. At the time he remarked that the portions seemed small, but when I checked in with him later he felt full and quite nappy. The roast beef came covered with gravy (as you can see in the picture) which was easy to mix with the mashed potatoes. Adam ordered potato salad on the side, and while it was good, he admitted that he probably didn’t need it.
Maclean was a great meal that tasted and felt like your mom made it for you. As southern-style diners go, you can’t go wrong here.