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510 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Renaissance Parkway)
A short walk from Civic Center and North ave. Matra train stations.
(404) 254-4051
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: We know, we know: the word "fusion" has been wielded to justify everything...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene

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  • 100
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Recommended for me, I'd recommend for you.

While visiting in Atlanta for an overnight visit, we were searching for somewhere near the Fox while awaiting the start of Wicked. The hotel concierge recommended Poor Calvin's when he heard of my wife's gluten free requirements. He called ahead, confirmed the menu and made arrangements for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
nesouther
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Forsyth, Georgia
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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141 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Forsyth, Georgia
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

While visiting in Atlanta for an overnight visit, we were searching for somewhere near the Fox while awaiting the start of Wicked. The hotel concierge recommended Poor Calvin's when he heard of my wife's gluten free requirements. He called ahead, confirmed the menu and made arrangements for travel. Poor Calvin's sits across the street from a small local park just... More 

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This place is amazing. Its decorated so nice and service was great. The pineapple shrimp fried rice is absolutely incredible. The pound cake for dessert is great. Take your time and enjoy it. Allow for enough time because everything is about presentation here. You will break out the camera to take a pic of your meal!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Just experienced this restaurant. Food presentation was superb they really know how to plate and intrigue their guest. The menu presentation could be better you could barley read the menu. Very cozy environment. If you like that type of restaurant feel this is for you. Cheers!

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Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We found the service excellent. The meal was delicious. We loved the Thai curry. Choices of wines was also very good. They never rush you. Overall outstanding.

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Marietta, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We went to Poor Calvin's on a lark for Saturday brunch. Reviews were very good and the menu looked great. We had 12:45 brunch reservations for 4 and were seated immediately. The service was excellent and the food was great. The food was indeed asian fusion but very contemporary. The presentations were outstanding. The restaurant itself is eclectic and nice... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Great ambience if you like small spaces with personality. The fireplace was a nice touch. The food was ok. I would go again but would not recommend as a must if visiting Atlanta

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

On a Saturday night at 7:30pm the hostess was nowhere to be seen for 15 minutes and then appeared for mere seconds as the line continued out the door. Once we got seated (had reservation) another 15 min later in a crowded corner it took quite a long time to get waiter attention. So service was underwhelming and once we... More 

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GA
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

I have dined here 5 times and it is the best kept secret in Atlanta. The food is amazing and the service is top notch. I have tried different appetizers and entrees at each visit. A must if you are in Atlanta. Try the lobster Mac and Cheese!

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Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Traveling through Atlanta and visiting a friend who does not frequent the downtown area often, we weren't sure about the location of Poor Calvin's. It's close to some neighborhoods which didn't seem friendly to walk through. The restaurant itself is on a street that seemed just fine, with street parking available. It was Friday night and the place was packed.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My husband and I went to Poor Calvin's for Valentine's Day with another couple and it was everything that the reviews said and more. We all enjoyed everything we ordered down to the wine and signature drink of the night. The atmosphere was so sexy and the food was beyond delicious. I just can't stop talking about the food. Our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 510 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
    (Renaissance Parkway)
  • Public Transportation: A short walk from Civic Center and North ave. Matra train stations.
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Atlanta
  • Phone Number: (404) 254-4051

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene

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.
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?