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Dick Blomster's Korean Diner Debuts in Santa Rosa

If one Dick Blomster’s is good for eclectic Cal-Korean dining in Sonoma County, two Blomster’s are great. Finally, the long awaited second location of Guerneville’s very popular eatery has opened in downtown Santa Rosa.

Just like the original, the new Dick Blomster’s Korean Diner operates as a pop-up, though a pretty permanent pop-up, feeding us dinner Wednesday through Sunday inside Don Taylor’s Omelette Express in Railroad Square. It’s a continuing riff on the cozy theme Blomster’s owner David Blomster began in late 2012 inside Pat's of Guerneville, itself a traditional American eatery which has been family owned and operated since 1945. Both Pat’s and Omelette Express serve breakfast and lunch, but after the eggs Benedicts and burgers are cleared away, Blomster’s takes over, opening its doors at 5 p.m.

How to describe the Korean Diner menu? How does Korean Fried Crack grab you? That’s the name for a platter of crispy battered chicken dressed with soy and ginger alongside vanilla slaw and buttered white bread – just one of the signatures here. There’s also a fried PB&J sandwich topped in vanilla ice cream and Pop Rocks, or pierogies of potato, housemade kimchee, cotija and plum sauce.

Perhaps surprisingly, the dishes succeed with their bold flavors. But there are plenty of good bites for less adventurous diners, too. A wedge salad is dressed in gochujang (pungent fermented Korean condiment) spiked bleu cheese, bacon and tomato; mac ‘n’ cheese can be fancied up with pork belly, battered shrimp or crispy organic tofu; and a noodle bowl with pho or tamari broth can be topped with chicken, kalbi beef short rib or Kurobuta pork.

As a salute to the diner side, the menu also boasts a grass fed burger topped in American cheese and seaweed, plus a filet mignon drizzled in whiskey butter alongside mushrooms, peppers and fried rice.

Dig in.

Dick Blomster’s Korean Diner112 4th Street, Santa Rosa, 707-869-8006, or 16236 Main St., Guerneville, 707-869-9904.

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