BiteClub was the first customer at the opening night of Dick Blomsters Korean Diner, a pop-up restaurant Wednesday through Sunday nights in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square. Ok, maybe it’s because I was there an hour early. But even so…this is seriously fun stuff.
If you’ve been to the original diner in Guerneville, you know the fun vibe that owner David Blomster created when he took over Pat’s Diner — you know pop rocks and fried PB&Js, Seoul fries, “knockoff” filet mignon and Kobe beef hot dogs with a slew of Korean-style sides. Noms.
This isn’t your regular brick and mortar, but a stealth diner you’ve gotta look for. The sign for the Korean Diner goes up at 5p.m. at Don Taylor’s Omelette Express (112 Fourth St., Santa Rosa) after the pancakes and burgers are put away for the day. The close, well, when they close (between 10 and 11pm, mostly).
We’re in love with the funky smell of kimchee and the awesomeness that emanates from this traveling mis en place filled with pickled beets, exotic sauces and Asian-fusion goodness. The rice cooker clicks on at 4:30 p.m., and dishes like the signature KFC (Korean Fried Crack) chicken are travel-worthy.
Wed-Sunday at Omelette Express in Railroad Square (112 Fourth St., Santa Rosa).