You can’t tell just by looking at it, but R+D Kitchen is actually part of Hillstone Group, and happens to be one of the best restaurants in Santa Monica. Our standing order? Ding’s Crispy Fried Chicken sandwich, which is delicious and huge and therefore, comes pre-sliced into four only slightly more manageable pieces. The space itself can get packed at night, but totally doable for lunch any day of the week.

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