I ate one Wylder pizza and knew that I’d try anything the people behind that pizza made next. And I didn’t have to wait long!
David and Lizzy Rex run not only The Wylder, but Certified in Hyde Park, Roosevelt Market in the East End, and Wyld Child on the Bench.
Their latest venture is Percy, short for “perseverance,” just a few blocks away from The Wylder, at 400 South 4th Street in the Heath on Broad apartments. It’s their largest restaurant yet, and a foray into slightly finer dining, with a few entrée dishes approaching $40.
Shoutout to these readers who recognized The Percy: Brianna, Marcy, Arin, Melanie, Colette, Bill, Megan, and Michelle. (Blake Hunter / City Cast Boise)
Inside, the bar is the highlight — the main dining room is quite spacious, and I’m hoping to see it gather more of a lived-in feel, a more defined aesthetic character, over time.
While I haven’t tried everything yet, one of my favorite aspects of The Wylder was recreated at Percy: They know how to do vegetables. We’re a town of more than a few extremely boring salads, but the Tomboy and Baby Gem salads defy that trend. But beyond salads, it doesn’t feel like anything on the menu is there out of an obligation — I didn’t try the Brussel sprouts because they’re everywhere, but I expect they’re worth a shot.
Clockwise from left: the Sea Witch (I'd never tried nori simple syrup, but it's great), Finer Things Club, and The Perseverance. (Blake Hunter / City Cast Boise)
- The Wylder mushroom toast has a little sibling in Percy’s smoked salmon toast (and the mustard seed puts it over the top).
- Try the namesake potato dish: super herby, a sharp aioli, and the potatoes aren’t mushy.
- On the cocktail list, the Perseverance and Sea Witch.
Correction: I originally miswrote the restaurant's name. It's just "Percy."