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Twins, a new restaurant worth trying

  • Adrienne Albright and Jerman and Julie Bacho owners of the Twin Restaurant in the Oliver's shopping center. Photo by Irene Hilsendager

By: Sydney Wells
January 10, 2020

Looking to explore new and interesting places to eat in Cotati or Rohnert Park? Whether you are new to the community or a long time resident, it is likely there are many restaurants you haven’t yet tried or perhaps even were unknown to you. Since a friend was aware that I liked to explore brew houses and eateries in Sonoma County, they raised the idea of writing about my experiences. They suggested the Community Voice as a potential partner for my amateur writings. The Voice was receptive to the concept so here I am! To my friend – Thanks for the Tip!

For my first foray into writing up a visit to a new restaurant, we chose The Twins Restaurant in Cotati. Located at 572 E Cotati Ave. they are just a few store fronts down from Oliver’s Market in the Rancho Cotate Shopping Center. They are a breakfast and lunch only restaurant that is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. except on Tuesdays when they’re closed. They’ve only been open a couple of months so they’re still building their business. They don’t yet have a website, but you can find their breakfast and lunch menus online. Breakfast is also served all day. Their fare is traditional American food.

From the moment you walk in you’ll be able to guess where the restaurant’s name comes from. Greeting and serving us were two obviously twin sisters. I found the sister that sat us to be friendly, pleasant and eager to make our visit enjoyable. The establishment seats 40 but was only moderately busy at the time of our visit with perhaps a dozen customers. The service was good with the sisters hustling to provide drink refills and checking that everything was okay. However, we wondered whether it would be that good if the place was more crowded. Besides the sisters, there appeared to be only a worker, perhaps two, in the kitchen. 

The establishment shows its newness in its décor. Simple wall decorations and basic table settings which will probably evolve over time as the business grows. The dozen or so tables were spaced far enough apart that we didn’t feel crowded and we weren’t worried about having our conversations overheard. But again, we wondered whether the noise level might be less comfortable for conversations when all the tables get diners seated at them. The wait time for our meal was satisfactory and we didn’t feel any pressure to finish our meal and depart. The food was good, and the prices were reasonable and in-line with what similar restaurants charge.

This first visit was enjoyable. I suspect we’ll visit again with other friends for breakfast hook-ups or lunch time get-togethers. Certainly, it’s worth your time to check the sisters and their Twins Restaurant out for yourself when you’re looking for a new dining experience.  Until next time – Thanks for the Tip!