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Poor Calvin's

#18 of 3,284 Restaurants in Atlanta
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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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Today
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, Lunch, Dinner, 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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Visitor rating
  • 120
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    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
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My friends went to Poor Calvin's while I was out of town, and told me I had to experience this place. They went on a Friday or Saturday night and said it was a bit much as far as crowd size in a such a small space. I went on a Sunday evening and was pretty chill. The appetizer portions... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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New York, NY
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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English first
New York, NY
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

My friends went to Poor Calvin's while I was out of town, and told me I had to experience this place. They went on a Friday or Saturday night and said it was a bit much as far as crowd size in a such a small space. I went on a Sunday evening and was pretty chill. The appetizer portions... More 

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Atlanta, GA
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

I have been a fan of this place for a while after eating several good meals here. We tried to visit this Sunday, but we were turned away at 8:35 pm by the hostess who told us " I can seat you at the bar, but the kitchen is closing soon" I asked her when the close, and she told... More 

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41 reviews 41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

What a great meal! From the seafood spring rolls for appetizers to the fried chicken with lobster mac n cheese then for dessert pound cake with caramel sauce bananas and bourbon ice cream everything was great!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has such an interesting menu. We couldn't decide if we wanted a Southern or Asian dish, so we ended up getting one of each. The southern-style fried chicken was exceptional, with an amazing asparagus side. The Pad Thai noodles were also so delicious, and a house-made punch left me wanting me another glass. They use real ingredients, and... More 

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Poland,Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

As stated by others this is not a huge place so make a reservation.First the one and only negative.We had a reservation and were greeted (if you can call it that) by the hostess. She couldn't find our reservation even though we had to on the phone.She seemed upset to see us and finally said "Is this table OK?" put... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I have had two really great meals here before but Poor Calvin's really missed the mark on this one. I got the short rib special. The flavor was good but the meat was so tough and stringy. Huge disappointment. The appetizer and dessert were great but my meal was actually just bad and also unknowingly the most expensive thing on... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went here for a birthday celebration. The ambiance was nice. Let's start off with the staff. Everyone was very pleasant. Our waitress was a little weird. She has this weird Eartha Kitt vibe. Next the food, it was ok. The macaroni and cheese was too spicy according to my friend. They have a drink called the lavender lemonade. It was... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

We went to Poor Calvins prior to a concert at The Fox, and our concierge told us we could not walk (totally could have). So the restaurant provided Uber service. Twenty minutes after our reservation the driver had still not showed. Once we finally arrived, they were out of the octopus. The cheese and crab artichoke however was delicious. The... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Great food and service...unusual and tasty fusion which I didn't think I'd like but I did! The location is a bit unsettling but worth the trek.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I didn't get a chance to go hear only because each time I tried they where packed. But you could smell the food from the side walk.

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