Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa Uses Fresh Local Produce
Next time you want to have a culinary adventure, take a little trip off the beaten path to the SOFA District of Santa Rosa for ‘New American Cooking’ at Spinster Sisters using authentic, organic, and local (we swear!) ingredients.
SOFA is code for South A Street, a quiet, little shopping zone near Julliard Park for young people and artists, with Atlas Coffee, the Cook House Cafe, South A Street Leather & Shoe Repair, Jeremiah’s Photo Corner and other shops. According to Jeff Cox of the Press Democrat, SOFA is “undergoing a renaissance” and Spinster Sisters is part of this transformation. See a photo gallery of their recent opening. A Street is also home to community festivals and a lively Arts Association.
We went on a Friday morning with no crowds, no wait and no problems finding parking. The server ingratiated us as the first visitors that morning and was thankfully attentive with the strong coffee. The building just received a fresh coat of paint and everywhere there was evidence of continual improvements to the old property. Our seating was inside the large front windows with a panoramic view of A Street. We were surprised they were serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, considering the upscale nuances that said ‘evening out.’ Some of us were particularly torn to have breakfast at such a fancy eatery when one of our old favorites, the Cook House, stared longingly up the street at us. Sorry, Cookie, we’ll always love you, but Spinster Sisters is delicious and has a whole different vibe of its own.
Chef Liza Hinman, along with partners Giovanni Cerrone and Eric Anderson, have created an amazing place to eat. Hinman calls her style “New American Cooking,” relying mainly on local ingredients for healthy, innovative creations. The Menu includes Kimchee, Duck, Chicken, Aioli, Kale Salad and more. Hinman was a former chef at Santi, a favorite local restaurant which closed in 2011.
The name ‘Spinster Sisters’ is a play on the history of the building. As the story goes, it was once a deli run by the Canevari Family, still in business on the other side of town today making excellent ravioli. Two of the Canevari daughters reportedly took up lodging in the space upstairs becoming the neighborhood seamstresses. Still trying to learn more of these mythical ‘Spinster Sisters’ but the name is sure catchy and the menu has a measuring tape motif, so it must be true!
It was difficult deciding from the artfully prepared menu as each breakfast selection was a poem of delicious sounding food. You can order the Black Bean Tostadas with fluffy, white poached egg(s) on top, and fresh, picante, kitchen-made salsa; excellent with spicy, calabrese sausage on the side. Another way to enjoy poached eggs: on a bed of toasted polenta with a savory macerated ragu (macerated = finely chopped, never angry). The South A Scramble took some exotic bacon and other fancy sounding ingredients and scrambled them up just the way we like it.
At Twin Palms Ranch we are particularly proud of Spinster Sisters as our first partnership with a local restaurant. Not only does Spinster Sisters serve excellent food, they are leaders for healthy, nutritious dining using local, sustainably produced fruit and vegetables. We hope to contribute to their continuing success. Please take the time to stop by there, share this with your friends and tell the owners that Twin Palms Ranch sent you. Learn more about Spinster Sisters visiting their website and reading their online reviews at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and the North Bay Bohemian below:
- Spinster Sisters Website
- Santa Rosa Press Democrat “Spinster Sisters | Santa Rosa“
- Santa Rosa Press Democrat “Sisters of SOFA”
- North Bay Bohemian
- SFGate.com “Ex-Santi chef Liza Hinman opening Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa early next month“