A Buffalo chicken flatbread and a meatball panini both impressed with the attention and quality. The flatbread was nicely browned and topped with chicken, shredded celery and carrot, just enough for lunch.

A meatball panini can be a mess, but the Paula Lambert mozzarella and housemade marinara were carefully spread over Angus beef meatballs.

Both came with a fresh house salad with a light, summery lime vinaigrette. The same vinaigrette is served on the Southwest salad, a clever mix of greens, roasted corn, avocado, black beans and pico de gallo.

The house spinach salad has strawberries, pecans and diced cranberries in a balsamic vinaigrette. There are Greek and Cobb salads, along with club, chicken or tuna salad sandwiches, plus a Cuban panini and a chimichurri steak flatbread.

For now, the dinner menu includes the same $10-$14 salads, flatbreads and paninis, plus a dip trio and a hummus trio. There's a short but well-chosen wine list and mixed drinks.

Perch is pitched as "cocktails and cuisine with a view."

The contemporary decor is sleek and handsome, but it's not a fancy restaurant. It's an easy-going, casual place to meet or take friends for a weekday lunch or downtown happy hour overlooking the skyline.

There are plans for weekend service and brunch later.

For now, Perch is open weekdays only, 6:30 a.m. (for breakfast tacos and muffins) to 9 p.m., at 640 Taylor St. (take the elevators up from the bank lobby); 682-785-8888perchfw.com.

Bud Kennedy, 817-390-7538@EatsBeat