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“Fusion Thanksgiving” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Poor Calvin's

Poor Calvin's
510 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 254-4051
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Ranked #29 of 3,465 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.
Chamblee, Georgia, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Fusion Thanksgiving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

My wife and I decided to try something different this year and celebrate Thanksgiving at a local metro Atlanta restaurant which was completely unknown to us. The excellent TripAdvisor reviews swayed us to try Poor Calvin's. So glad we did. Rather than the typical hustle and bustle of most restaurants open on holidays, we enjoyed a relaxing lunch which was outstanding. Stars of the menu of course included moist roasted-fried turkey breast, but also arcadian goat cheese beet salad, crab stuffed mushroom, kabocha squash soap, and the best sweet potato dutch casserole we've ever eaten.

Portions were so plentiful we look forward to sampling leftovers the next couple of days. The caramel Fuji apple dessert we were too full to eat on premises will be devoured a couple of hours from now at home. Can't wait!

Poor Calvin's was a nice local discovery for us and we will return soon for a weekend brunch to try their famous lobster mac and cheese and other menu items. Executive chef Calvin Phan likes to mingle with the guests, which is also a treat.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Good choice for dad and pescatarian teen girl”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Saturday night at 7 was crowded but we were fine with a reservation. Coconut shrimp appetizer was tasty though a little greasy. Daughter's tofu pad Thai was a real winner and my pineapple fried rice was good but I'll try something else next time.

Portions were huge and didn't leave room for dessert.

Visited November 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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34 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Top notch food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We went to this restaurant after reading some good reviews. It doesn't look like the fanciest place from the outside, but once you go in, WOW! Every taste of food was excellent, from the crab cake appetizer to the coconut chicken soup to the green curry to the PC Fried Chicken. There was no room for dessert, but the dessert case looked awesome. The service was prompt and polite. There wasn't anything we didn't like.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Niles, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Warm, comfortable atmosphere and delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We chose this restaurant based on tripadvisor ratings. They did not disappoint. The restaurant is inviting and warm. The food was reasonably priced and amazing. We had the basil rolls and stuffed goat cheese for appetizers. My group ordered the Pad Thai, Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, Siam Chicken, and Duck Pate. All of our food was perfect. The restaurant appealed to us since it was an Asian Fusion restaurant. You can get Southern Fried Chicken or Pad Thai. We shared dessert. I forget the name of it, but it was some sort of red velvet tower cake with mascarpone cheese and blueberries. It was unique and fantastic.

The restaurant is small and only has one table to accommodate large groups. But the atmosphere is really chic and trendy. I highly recommend Poor Calvin's.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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washington
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“AMAZING”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This is the most delicious food ever seriously!
We had dinner here based on recommendation from a colleague. Appetizer was the special of the evening chicken wrap. It was delicious, creamy and left us speechless.
I had the Sea bass to follow and without a doubt was the star dish of the evening.
I also tasted the pineapple rice and it too was fantastic. We will be back!

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