Calvin’s Roasted Fish & Salads

Meat-and-Three | Seafood | Soul Food
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On Broad Street away from downtown Augusta, next to a convenience store and across from Mercy Ministries, Calvin’s Roasted Fish & Salads is a hidden gem. Seafood is the specialty — soul food seafood, including croaker, catfish, whole bream, and fish & grits. I have relished a crowd of large, firm shrimp that share bowl space with dark-meat chicken in a lunch of hearty gumbo. It’s not complicated gumbo, nor is it fiery; it’s comfort food, thick with okra, laced with sweet shreds of tomato, dotted with corn, all on a bed of fluffy white rice.

The menu also includes plenty of beef: oxtails, beef ribs, beef tips, meat loaf, Salisbury steak, and liver & onions. And there’s chicken: BBQ, fried, or rotisserie roasted. As for the Salad part of Calvin’s name, I’ve seen little evidence of that in the restaurant. Perhaps salad is more a specialty of chef’s catering business.

Meat and fish frowners can have a field day eating nothing but side-dish vegetables. These include potent collard greens, candied hams, braised cabbage, mac ‘n’ cheese (yes, mac ‘n’ cheese is a vegetable hereabouts), and fried green tomatoes. I adore the kitchen’s unusual squash casserole. It’s a heap of yellow squash disks cooked to fallapart tenderness, ribboned with caramelized sweet onions and carrots. No cheese or breadcrumbs, but hugely satisfying!

Calvin’s is quiet and hospitable. There is a steam table up front from which you can choose chicken or beef and side dishes (which the staff plates); or order from a menu of cooked-to-order seafood. Meals are in the $10 and under range.

What to Eat
Calvin’s Roasted Fish & Salads, Shrimp & Chicken Gumbo
Shrimp & Chicken Gumbo
Must-Try
Shrimp and chicken gumbo is gently seasoned, loaded with shrimp and dark-meat chicken.
Calvin’s Roasted Fish & Salads, Squash Casserole
Squash Casserole
Must-Try
Squash casserole is exquisitely ribboned with caramelized onions & carrots.
Calvin’s Roasted Fish & Salads, Cabbage
Cabbage
Must-Try
Peppery, soft, vegetable-sweet cabbage is a must-eat.
Calvin’s Roasted Fish & Salads, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
A few strips of edge add chew to soft-tempered mac 'n' cheese.
Calvin’s Roasted Fish & Salads, Key Lime Cake
Key Lime Cake
A soul-food restaurant staple throughout the South: sweet/tart Key lime cake
Calvin’s Roasted Fish & Salads, Yams
Yams
Yams are firm, lightly spiced, slightly sweet.
Calvin’s Roasted Fish & Salads, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Chewy-skinned fried chicken: a quiet masterpiece
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 8pm
Monday10am - 8pm
Tuesday10am - 8pm
Wednesday10am - 8pm
Thursday10am - 8pm
Friday10am - 8pm
Saturday10am - 8pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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