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.