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“Mothers Day Brunch” 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 #30 of 3,460 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.
Kennesaw, Georgia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Mothers Day Brunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

So I took my lovely mom out to brunch and not to our typical restaurants like Copelands or Cheesecake Factory but to a hip and modern Poor Calvin's. They have valet with a very nice and speedy guy. The bartender was fabulous and the food was so great. We started with some fried donuts that had blueberry sauce and cheese which were so sweet and soft. My main dish was the seafood omelette and yes it had fresh seafood and great lobster and since I'm from Boston I'm very particular with my lobster. My mom had the chicken and waffles which was so good and homemade. I will be back for their mac and cheese and fried chicken later this summer!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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“We loved it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Our first time. The food was great and it was a nice carefree lunch. We will be back. I would recommend.

Visited February 2014
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Amazing Service, Atmosphere, and Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Recently was in Atlanta staying at the downtown Marriott Marquis for a conference. We found that this restaurant was within walking distance and was highly ranked, so we decided to check it out. The restaurant is very cozy and has a great vibe. The porch is so nice and they had the shutters open so we enjoyed the beautiful evening while we were eating. The food was unique and tasted wonderful. They had quite a variety of options. The crab stuffed artichokes were amazing! The service was impeccable as well. My only complaint was the neighborhood we walked through to get to the restaurant was pretty rough and an area for a lot of homeless people. It was okay during daylight, but I'm a female and was with another female, so we decided to take a taxi back to the hotel, since it was after dark when we left the restaurant. We met Calvin, the owner, and he was extremely hospitable and helpful. He even called us a cab and paid for it!! How amazing is that for service in a big city! I highly recommend going here for a wonderful, overall experience and can't wait to go back to Atlanta and take my husband.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lawrenceville, GA
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“Forget Poor Calvin - poor me for going here for Easter brunch!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Let me start by saying that I am a fan of entrepreneurs, especially those in the restaurant business. I know it is tough to make a go of it and we all know the statistics of how many restaurants fail within the first year. And the popularity of shows like Kitchen Nightmares and Restaurant Impossible attest to the fact that the public is getting more savvy. Having said all that, I was extremely disappointed by the Easter brunch at Poor Calvins. Here are just a few of my complaints:

1. If you don't have room for a brunch, DON'T HAVE ONE! Your restaurant is quaint but there is simply no room for a buffet, especially one with the immense variety you had on display
2. Put labels on the food so that we know what we are eating (its the little things)
3. Plan the menu and stick to the menu - rather than "what have we got in the fridge that we can throw out there." I would much rather have fewer things that are fresh than a huge variety of food that may not be fresh
4. Keep your food hot - out of a dozen things I put on my massive plate only one thing was hot (the lobster macaroni, which was the best thing I ate yesterday).
5. When you get low of something don't mix it in with other food. At one point there were asparagus spears spread out by themselves, when I came back they were in another plate with something else
6. Don't cram so many people in your tiny restaurant that you have to have people waiting 15 minutes to valet park and stuck in a corner that was so tight you had to move the table three times just to get out
7. If you say you are going to have eggs benedict on your overpriced Easter brunch buffet - have it! And when someone asks why it is not offer to make them for you or explain why you don't have it

I really wanted to like this place. Based on all the reviews I am sure that it is good on most occasions. But a key to business success is to know what you are good at - and then be good at it (as others would say - "stick to your knitting")! For Pete's sake please leave the brunch buffets to hotels with huge ballrooms or restaurants like Golden Corral (I can't believe I am saying this but I think we would have been happier going to Golden Corral; especially at one third the price. While their quality is not the best and the food is cookie cutter they at least serve it hot!). Based on this experience we will never come back and will share this with anyone else who asks us about our experience

  • Visited April 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“A very pleasant surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were in town on a little vacation, we happened to come across poor calvins. The place is rather odd it has a step down area that looks as if they added on to the building. However, the food was wonderful I had the fried chicken with mac n cheese it was great! My husband ordered beef tips it was heavenly he said. It was 11 o'clock and we were the only ones in the restaurant, our waiter was very attentive and informative! We will be back!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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