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Poor Calvin's

510 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 254-4051
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Ranked #28 of 3,482 Restaurants in Atlanta
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Restaurant details
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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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went on New Years Eve with friends and fell in LOVE. Quaint and Intimate setting! Food was AMAZEBALLS! They will need a larger venue very soon.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This place is by far one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta! It's Thai & Southern fusion and the Lobster Fried Rice cannot be described. Not only does it look like a work of art, but it tastes like it too! The ambiance is amazing, very boutique, very Manhattan vibe and If you get the privilege to sit in Lola's... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Poor Calvin's was a great Midtown find. Service was fantastic; they even supplied Uber to/from our hotel (The Hyatt) downtown. Every course was a treat loaded with bright surprises for the taste buds. We had a combo appetizer that included many of the starters so we had a chance to sample a lot of different flavors. We then had a... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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236 restaurant reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We were looking for lunch near the Bank of America building between Downtown and Midtown. Poor Calvin's turned out to be a great choice. Service was attentive and the various dining areas were quite attractive. We sat in a bright room overlooking a park across Piedmont Avenue. The food was excellent; we started with steamed dumplings (light and tasty) and... More 

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91 reviews 91 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The location has very little parking of its own. There were maybe 6 parking spots next to the restaurant in their parking lot. We were greeted immediately upon entering the door. As we made our way to a cozy table near the fireplace, each staff member we passed gave us a hello or greeting. Our waitress was knowledgable about the... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Went on Xmas night while visiting Atlanta. I had pad thai and my date had shrimp and scollop curry. The food was very good and the staff was very helpful. They gave us a free Uber ride back to hotel. Not a nice neighborhoor, we had walked from the hotel.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We stopped here for Sunday brunch on the recommendation of a friend and had one of the best meals in recent memory. There's a nice variety on the menu without it being overwhelming.The food is simply incredible in presentation and flavor. The service is just right -- we didn't feel pressured nor neglected. The entire experience was well-paced and pleasant.... More 

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105 reviews 105 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Wanted to meet my friends for brunch before the Thanksgiving holiday and I came across Poor Calvin's in my search. There were many good reviews and I decided to give it a try. There is a small parking lot next to the restaurant but we all parked on the street because the lot was full. They were still doing renovations... More 

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Sunnyside, New York
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75 reviews 75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Unusual, adventurous menu and idiosyncratic decorations reflecting the world of its owner/creator. Started with Thai-style chicken soup, coconut milk base. Rich and tasty. Main- shrimp/scallop stur fry. Unsurprising. Mixed vegetables, red sauce. Had some bitter melon (nice touch), too much pineapple, needed more mushrooms. Great wait staff - obliging, quick, knowledgeable. Bonus if you got there without a car -... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

In on the night before Thanksgiving again, we made a point to return to Poor Calvins. Food was outstanding. Was very cold in 2013 so place was quiet, much livelier this year. Lola was just the right amount of bonkers to bring some personality to the service side of things and was a lot of fun, while everything we ordered... More 

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Additional Information about Poor Calvin's

Address: 510 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone Number: (404) 254-4051
Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Atlanta
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm  11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

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