With cozy lounge furniture and (gasp!) nary a flatscreen in the whole joint, Five40 is all about giving its guests a place to relax and socialize—preferably whilst sipping a dragonfruit martini & nibbling upon bacon-wrapped dates.It seems to be a universal truth: Restaurants with cuisine this creative normally come part-and-parcel with a lofty artist's statement (and, let's face it, a teaspoon or so of hot air). But the folks behind Five40 Kitchen wanted something pretty simple: a place where their Kennesaw brethren could indulge in fresh, worldly gourmet fare without having to trek all the way down I-75. Specifically, the Five40 team wanted to introduce the neighbors to the glory of tapas, which in Spanish cuisine means "small plates" and in Scoutmob-speak means "we'll have two of everything, please." But, despite the hat-tip to the Spaniards, the morsels and bites on Five40's menu don't stop short at charcuterie and olives. These tapas are international with a Southern twang, boasting influences from around the world and whistling Dixie while they're at it. In fact, we're pretty sure Five40 might be the only kitchen in quite a respectable radius serving dishes like heirloom tomatoes with sweet and crunchy basil seeds, plump sweet dates wrapped in Spotted Trotter bacon, or chicken liver mousse served alongside a fig gelee. Heck, even that old late-night staple of chicken 'n waffles gets a fancy makeover, topped with a maple gastrique and sweet, pickled chowchow relish.
Of course, we're smitten with the whole "kitchen" part of this little hidden gem, but let us not forget the "social house" aspect of Five40. In other words: For those looking for a spot to gaze blankly at ESPN while their date hones their Candy Crush skills? Look anywhere else in Kennesaw. With cozy lounge furniture, dim lighting and (gasp!) nary a flatscreen in the whole joint, Five40 is all about giving its guests a place to relax and, yes, socialize—preferably whilst sipping a dragonfruit martini and nibbling upon oysters with apple mignonette. We're going to go ahead and call it: Mission Accomplished, y'all.
Bacon-Wrapped Dates, $6
Heirloom Tomatoes, $7
Baby Beets, $6
Chicken Liver Mousse, $7
Truffle, Gruyere & Lobster Mac 'n Cheese, $7
Chicken & Waffles, $7
Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.