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5 essentials for the modern brunch

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Updated: June 12, 2014 11:42AM

With spring weather just around the corner, it's officially time to spruce up your Sunday morning routine. But among the large variety of before-noon options, it can be difficult to set priorities. Before you make your dining decision, here are five essentials for the modern brunch.

Think outside the omelet

Eggs and bacon will forever be brunch classics, but as restaurants become increasingly creative with their concoctions, ordering only the mainstays feels behind the times. Combining traditional entrees with unexpected seasonal flavors or global influences adds interest to items with timeless appeal.

Starters and sweets

Brunch is all about indulgence, but its decadence is taking a new shape. Instead of emphasizing hearty portions, chefs are introducing small plates, tasting menus and desserts perfect for consumers who desire variety as well as volume.

Unconventional flair

Restaurant consultants Baum and Whiteman predict "eatertainment" will be among the major dining trends of 2014. And, with options ranging from bold theatrics to lively, atmospheric locales, choosing a brunch spot with character is a modern must.

Cutting-edge cocktails

Lazy Sundays are meant to break the workweek routine, but many diners find both themselves and their beverages in a rut. While there's no denying the deliciousness of a mimosa, seeking out new twists on old standbys is crucial to a bold and adventurous morning meal.

Style and substance

A chic brunch requires more than merely delicious flavors, as customers have become progressively interested in cuisines with a conscience. The National Restaurant Association agrees, predicting that environmental sustainability, locally grown produce, and locally sourced meats and seafood will be 2014's top dining trends.

With these guidelines in mind, choosing a chic and modern brunch option in doesn't need to be daunting. At Carnivale in Chicago's West Loop, hyper local ingredients combine with a colorful atmosphere to produce fresh twists on your favorite brunch classics. To learn more about Carnivale's contemporary take on Latin fusion cuisine, call (312) 850-5005.

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