When the Brunch Menu Fails, Curate Your Own!

It seems we’ve been on a brunch kick lately, having brought your reviews of some of our favorite buffet, boozy, and bohemian brunches around town. Well, despite all of the amazing brunch menus that Miami has to offer, some restaurants make you work a little harder to find satisfaction.

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Case in point, my recent visit to Midtown location of the Argentine-style bistro, Novecento. Upon first glance I wasn’t all that inspired by their brunch menu, so I got a little creative and curated my own meal. Below are five easy tips to help you do the same:

1. Don’t be discouraged by a boring menu. Just because a restaurant offers a brunch menu, that doesn’t mean you have to order from it exclusively. Order the dish that most excites your from the brunch offerings and move on. At Novecento, that was hands-down the Novecento Benedict – traditional Eggs Benedict topped with grilled skirt steak and a side of fries.

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2. Use drink deals to your advantage. Who doesn’t love a nice refreshing cocktail during brunch? Novecento offers 2×1 champagne cocktails until 4PM. Choose from Bellinis, Kir Royales, Mimosas, or Champagne Mojitos.

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3. Order starters to share. When dining with friends, order a few starters to share amongst the group. This allows you to explore more of the non-brunch menu without overwhelming your meal. The Provoleta Novecento and Empanadas are both appetizer options off of the lunch and dinner menus that easily serve the same purpose during brunch. They are also staple Argentine dishes that never disappoint (bonus tip: go with what you know).

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Provoleta Novecento: Traditional Argentine provolone cheese au gratin, roasted onions, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, oregano, and local bread crostini.

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Empanadas (two per order): beef, spinach and cheese, chicken, ham and cheese.

4. If it’s nice, eat it twice. There’s no law against ordering something more than once. That said, if you’re gonna double up on something, try a different variation. I know that Argentines are all about their steak, so why not order a second helping. To go along with my Novecento Benedict, I also ordered up the Ensalada Novecento, another option from the lunch and dinner menus that features grilled skirt steak, French fries, baby mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, avocado, demi glaze, and Dijon vinaigrette.

Novecento_115. Dessert is always a good idea. Dessert helps to wrap up and round out any meal, regardless of what time of day you’re eating it. This is especially true if that dessert involves dulce de leche. Next to beef, dulce de leche might be Argentina’s most-eaten food so, of course, I ordered the Panqueques con Dulce de Leche y Helado. Think warm crepes filled with dulce de leche and topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. When in Rome, right?

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Mitch’s take: Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. If I had stuck solely to the brunch offerings at Novecento Midtown, this post would probably be very different. But, I allowed myself the creative freedom to build my own meal, and it was equally liberating and delicious.

Standout dishes: Where’s the beef? Novecento Midtown’s Aregentine roots shone brightest with the two skirt steak dishes I ordered – the Novecento Benedict and the Ensalada Novecento.

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