If you have to spend any extended time in the Richmond Auto Mall — waiting for repairs or mulling over a vehicle purchase — you’ll likely end up at Fenders Restaurant, the only place to grab food in the maze of dealerships (unless you count the free hot dogs and popcorn at Richmond Chrysler Dodge Jeep which I confess I’ve tried).

It’s one of those dying hybrid diners that serves a huge menu of breakfast, burgers and Chinese food, and is decorated with dusty framed photos of classic cars and tube TVs.

After dropping off our van for repairs, H and I had a breakfast date, just the two of us.

Fenders, Richmond, B.C.

The waitress greeted us with a hearty “Hi honey!” and sat H down with some crayons and colouring sheets. I love ladies like this. She knew all the regulars by name, and had a “been smoking as long as I’ve been working here” kind of voice.

I didn’t want to order H a full breakfast, so she put in a special order of one egg, bacon and toast for him. I got corned beef hash ($8.75) and a coffee.

Food was fast and straight forward. Pretty much what you would expect. I’d come back to hang out with the waitress, for sure.

Fenders, 13340 Smallwood Pl., Richmond Auto Mall, next to Nissan dealership, Richmond, B.C. (604) 214-0123. Open Monday to Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed holidays.

Fenders, Richmond, B.C.