Poor Calvin’s Rich With Flavor and Style

By Titus Falodun Staff Writer | 9/20/2013, 5:31 p.m.
Poor Calvin's 510 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. For more information, call 404-254-4051 or visit www.poorcalvins.com.

Poor Calvin’s is tucked away nicely at the corner of 510 Piedmont Ave. N.E. in Midtown Atlanta, facing Central Park. The scenery of bustling urbanites and lush greens makes this the ideal location for this restaurant and bar.

Quaint but not cramped, Poor Calvin’s is a Thai and American fusion, offering diverse flavors for meek and adventurous palettes.

For small bites, starting at $5, the basil rolls are a vegan and gluten-free option that will make a carnivore do a double-taste. The deliciously fresh vegetables are wrapped in a soft skin rice paper, with a hint a curry, and presented with mustard sauce. The summer rolls are neatly packed with kobe beef jerky, vegetables, and come with an addictive hoisin sauce. That same hoisin sauce makes the fried duck rolls a pint-sized feast.

That’s just the warm-up.

If you happen to come for dinner, the pineapple fried rice entrée tastes as exotic as it looks. Presented in a slightly hallowed out pineapple shell, stuffed to the brim with eggs, cashews, chopped vegetable and your choice of meat, the meal in total is resounding $9. There’s also the Southern-fried chicken entrée drenched in soul food goodness. That meal comes with lobster macaroni and cheese, and wok tossed vegetable, costing you a buck more at $10.

The fun of experiencing refreshing flavors is not limited to the dishes alone, even the drinks come with fusion and flare.

For instance, the Jalapenotini is a spicy and smooth drink, with a gentle kick. Ask for extra spice and things might become a bit more delightful.

The food and drinks are surreal and the service is warm and engaging.

Come for brunch or dinner, appetizers, soups, or entrées, nothing on the menu will cost you more than $30, which makes Poor Calvin’s a stylish and filling cost-effective getaway.