Parsnip prepared three ways hardly sounds like a journey to the vegetable version of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory—but pureed, roasted, and baked into a savory cake is the golden ticket at this French-Japanese fusion spot with top-notch service. Even though the plain décor feels a bit like a chain hotel conference room, it's a great option for the value and quality of the set lunch menu. The low ceilings are just high enough to make the place feel intimate instead of claustrophobic.

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