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Where to Eat Chinese Food on Christmas Day in LA

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2008_10_hasmapsasdfadsf.jpgPlenty of restaurants serve on Christmas Day, but there's nothing quite like congregating over a round table and lazy susan at a Chinese restaurant. Maybe it's the departure from the tired or overdone American staples like turkey that relatives can't quite make right, or perhaps it's the refreshing cheapness of Chinese food that balances out the holiday gift spending. Also, some high-end places around town are boasting their best Peking duck. Either way, as a nice way to break the relative monotony of the holiday, here's a handy guide to Chinese food on Christmas Day in Los Angeles. Of course, there are more than a few places in SGV that will be serving on the 25th, for those willing to make the trek.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Palace Chinese Restaurant

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A classic Los Feliz spot, this quasi-authentic Chinese restaurant does all the old-school classics like mapo tofu and kung pao, but with the addition of vegetarian options and other things that are typical for L.A. restaurants. And it's probably helpful that they have a full bar.

Wah's Golden Hen

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The classic cheap Chinese spot in East Hollywood (and a stone's throw from SQIRL), the lunch special here are extremely cheap, around five bucks, and gets you anything from fried noodles, wonton soup, beef with broccoli, and other sweet-sour type bites that will fulfill the Chinese-on-Christmas-Day longing you've always wanted.

Yang Chow Restaurant

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Definitely one of the more notable Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, the slipper shrimp are the most ordered dish on the menu. But beyond that, the classic Chinese-American dishes like mu-shu pork, sizzling rice soup, and kung pao anything are a bit better than the average takeout place.

Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood

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It's always hard to expect a high level on the Westside. The reason isn't quite certain, but it might be the relative proximity to San Gabriel Valley, which might be 20 minutes away on a good day (as in, no traffic). Hop Woo might do the trick for those unwilling to make the trek. The Peking Duck is serviceable and other traditional dishes have the right flavors. And portions are hefty to boot.

Hop Li

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Another Westside Chinese spot that just gets by instead of truly excelling, the honey walnut shrimp and beef with snow peas will remind one of weekend brunches in Chinatown.

Little Hong Kong Cafe

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For a little Cantonese flair for Christmas, try the Singapore noodle with spicy yellow curry, roasted pork wonton noodle soup, and spicy garlic eggplant at this casual cafe on Sawtelle, which will be open on the 25th.

Chi Lin

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This high-end Chinese restaurant on Sunset Strip might have some of the most arresting decor of any place in the city. They're offering their typical dinner menu starting at 5 p.m., as well a some holiday specials.

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck

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This swanky restaurant on the 24th floor has all the typical Wolfgang Puck refinements, from service to decor (as well some pricey fare), but it's also a step above the typical Chinese restaurant. Try the chili dan dan dumplings or shrimp and scallop Sui Mai with blue crab ginger sauce. Open 5:30-10:30 on Christmas Day.

Sea Dragon Chinese Restaurant

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There are more than a few Korean-Chinese places, but this is more of the Americanized type of takeout joint, located in Koreatown. The reviews are quite rave online, starting from the egg rolls and orange chicken to the hot & sour soup and salt & pepper pork. Prices are as cheap as could be.

Dragon Palace

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Another Westside Chinese option for those unwilling to make the trek to SGV, Dragon Palace does all the Americanized dishes right, including kung pao chicken, beef with green peppers, and General Tso's. The prices are cheap to boot.

Moon House Chinese Cuisine

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Though it tends to live more as a take-out spot, this place will work in pinch for those on the Westside that live around Century City. Orange chicken, chow mein, cheap lobster, and honey walnut shrimp, are among the things you'll want to order.

Wokcano

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This pan-Asian concept has a little bit of everything on the menu, but there's a strong Chinese food contingent that boasts the likes of hot and sour soup, steamed wontons, honey walnut shrimp and more. Open 3 p.m. to late on Christmas Day.

Philippe

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Philippe Chow's new location on Wilshire gives new life to this fancy Chinese eatery. The salt and pepper lobster is a popular order, as well as the chicken satay.

Cheng Du

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Don't mistake this for the mind-blowingly good Chengdu Taste in SGV. This Westside mainstay (formerly Chungking), has all the classics like hot and sour soup, crispy chicken, tangerine chicken, salt and pepper pork, and more. They get busy on Christmas so get here early.

Fu's Palace

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A Mid-City staple in terms of Chinese food, the old-school charm of Fu's Palace makes a nice place to congregate with family and friends on Christmas Day. The fare's a little uneven, but almost all the favorites are here, from Mongolian beef to BBQ pork to Kung Pao Chicken (which they call spicy chicken with peanuts).

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The Palace Chinese Restaurant

A classic Los Feliz spot, this quasi-authentic Chinese restaurant does all the old-school classics like mapo tofu and kung pao, but with the addition of vegetarian options and other things that are typical for L.A. restaurants. And it's probably helpful that they have a full bar.

Wah's Golden Hen

The classic cheap Chinese spot in East Hollywood (and a stone's throw from SQIRL), the lunch special here are extremely cheap, around five bucks, and gets you anything from fried noodles, wonton soup, beef with broccoli, and other sweet-sour type bites that will fulfill the Chinese-on-Christmas-Day longing you've always wanted.

Yang Chow Restaurant

Definitely one of the more notable Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, the slipper shrimp are the most ordered dish on the menu. But beyond that, the classic Chinese-American dishes like mu-shu pork, sizzling rice soup, and kung pao anything are a bit better than the average takeout place.

Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood

It's always hard to expect a high level on the Westside. The reason isn't quite certain, but it might be the relative proximity to San Gabriel Valley, which might be 20 minutes away on a good day (as in, no traffic). Hop Woo might do the trick for those unwilling to make the trek. The Peking Duck is serviceable and other traditional dishes have the right flavors. And portions are hefty to boot.

Hop Li

Another Westside Chinese spot that just gets by instead of truly excelling, the honey walnut shrimp and beef with snow peas will remind one of weekend brunches in Chinatown.

Little Hong Kong Cafe

For a little Cantonese flair for Christmas, try the Singapore noodle with spicy yellow curry, roasted pork wonton noodle soup, and spicy garlic eggplant at this casual cafe on Sawtelle, which will be open on the 25th.

Chi Lin

This high-end Chinese restaurant on Sunset Strip might have some of the most arresting decor of any place in the city. They're offering their typical dinner menu starting at 5 p.m., as well a some holiday specials.

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck

This swanky restaurant on the 24th floor has all the typical Wolfgang Puck refinements, from service to decor (as well some pricey fare), but it's also a step above the typical Chinese restaurant. Try the chili dan dan dumplings or shrimp and scallop Sui Mai with blue crab ginger sauce. Open 5:30-10:30 on Christmas Day.

Sea Dragon Chinese Restaurant

There are more than a few Korean-Chinese places, but this is more of the Americanized type of takeout joint, located in Koreatown. The reviews are quite rave online, starting from the egg rolls and orange chicken to the hot & sour soup and salt & pepper pork. Prices are as cheap as could be.

Dragon Palace

Another Westside Chinese option for those unwilling to make the trek to SGV, Dragon Palace does all the Americanized dishes right, including kung pao chicken, beef with green peppers, and General Tso's. The prices are cheap to boot.

Moon House Chinese Cuisine

Though it tends to live more as a take-out spot, this place will work in pinch for those on the Westside that live around Century City. Orange chicken, chow mein, cheap lobster, and honey walnut shrimp, are among the things you'll want to order.

Wokcano

This pan-Asian concept has a little bit of everything on the menu, but there's a strong Chinese food contingent that boasts the likes of hot and sour soup, steamed wontons, honey walnut shrimp and more. Open 3 p.m. to late on Christmas Day.

Philippe

Philippe Chow's new location on Wilshire gives new life to this fancy Chinese eatery. The salt and pepper lobster is a popular order, as well as the chicken satay.