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Poor Calvin's

510 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 254-4051
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Ranked #28 of 3,427 restaurants in Atlanta
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Renaissance Parkway
Transit: A short walk from Civic Center and North ave. Matra train stations.
Description: We know, we know: the word "fusion" has been wielded to justify everything from Hula Burgers to Mexican lasagna. But the East-meets-South brand of fusion happening at Poor Calvin's? It's creative; it's innovative; and it's probably unlike anything you've tasted in the ATL. After working in kitchens around the world, Calvin Phan wanted to shake things up a little. And so, into the mac 'n cheese, the Thai spices went. Now, Calvin's giving Southern staples, like meatloaf and fried chicken, a decidedly creative Asian-inspired twist (and a nip of spice, too). Case in point: we didn't think good old-fashioned mac 'n cheese could get much better. And then, we tried Calvin's ridiculously rich take on the cheesy classic, gussied up with chunks of lobster and given a zing with Thai spices. The meatloaf, too, is quite impressive; this spicy, pan-seared Thai version made pretty much all our ketchup-slathered meatloaf memories disappear in a puff of ground coriander.
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88% Recommend
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I'm not a Thai food fan but the food that I had was great. I was full but the desert still took me over the hill. The poundcake with fruit and I've cream and Grand Marnier was amazing. Our waitress Jenny was wonderful. I will come here again soon.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Chef Calvin's kitchen experience demonstrates eclectic ingenuity. Stay on top of the menu as he tries to test your palette with fused combinations, The Fried chicken with the lobster Mac-n- cheese just drops you to your knees. The seafood spring rolls with test your appetite and help you realize that this is something special. OK, location is tough, questionable, but... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Yes, it is worth the drive! Honestly, the location had me a little worried. After we parked, entered, and say down, the worries were over. The delicate fusion of Modern, Thai, and Southern food we enjoyed was more than enough to schedule another dinner here in two weeks. I believe we came on a great night. Since the baseball game... More

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Decatur, Georgia
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

A somewhat picky group of eaters (the monthly supper club) landed here for our July meal. The general consensus once we concluded the evening was "what a pleasant surprise". Excellent blend of flavors and some interesting southern and Asian twists (e.g., cornmeal breaded calamari with a pineapple based dipping sauce). Drinks getting a thumbs up include the Mango Jalapeño and... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My wife and I are always looking for new places to eat. We are foodies and I saw fantastic reviews of PC so we took a drive. It's a small place with a tiny valet area, so we had to parallel park on the street. There was a party going on so it was extraordinarily noisy and the kitchen was... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

My friend and I decided to go have dinner at Poor Calvin's the other day. I have heard nothing about the restaurant but he heard great reviews so we want to try it. For appetizers, we had the mac & cheese and fried calamari. There was nothing special the fried calamari. I thought that the fried pickles were too strong... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Everything we had at this place while in town for a concert at Center Stage was simply awesome. Nice little place, walkable from downtown. Can't recommend enough!!

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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

4 sisters had lunch there today - very pleasant first time experience! Chef Calvin was delightful and our server was so helpful and friendly! Crispy beef was great, lobster was great, lobster mac and cheese was unique and good, and OH, you must try their signature dessert, the famous Apple !!! A bit expensive ($14), but every bite is delicious!!!... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent meal every time. Love the owner and his staff, and the bar great. Until this month I lived right across the street, and I have tried just about everything on the menu. Parking if you need it, tends to be a bit of a problem in this location. It is helpful to know you can park on Piedmont. If... More

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Acworth, Georgia
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Went here last Saturday for a friends birthday, the drinks here are really good. They must have a mixologist on staff. The food was pretty good, I had lobster fried rice on the waiters recommendation. I wouldn't say excellent but good. Couple reasons I rated PC's a 3 instead of 4 or 5, was the price. Dinner for two with... More

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