Los Angeles is a city with endless dining options, any day of the year. This includes December 25, when those not celebrating Christmas (or anyone who just doesn’t feel like cooking) descend to restaurants in town for a warm winter meal. And while there are all kinds of restaurants that stay open to serve on Christmas Day, many Angelenos opt for the age-old tradition of ordering Chinese food. Now here are seven options around town to score holiday Chinese food, from a Fairfax staple to some fancy San Gabriel Valley options.
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Fairfax’s staple Genghis Cohen has been making a version of New York-style Chinese cuisine since 1983, making it one of the oldest (and most popular) places in the Westside to visit by day. of Christmas. Be warned: the place fills up quickly and is currently taking reservations, pre-orders, and take out ($ 75 minimum orders). Don’t forget to order take out cocktails as well. 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Lunasia Dim Sum House
At Cerritos, Lunasia also offers a wide range of basic dim sum and Chinese staples, including take-home packages for the whole family that include options like a whole roasted suckling pig. 11510 South Street, Cerritos. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Other locations: Pasadena, Alhambra.
Hop Woo Sawtelle Japantown
LA legend Hop Woo has served Sawtelle Japantown and Chinatown forever, and this year is no different. Stop for a full range of Cantonese and Hong Kong-style dishes, from char siu mein and wonton soup to roast meats. 11110 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other location: Chinatown.
Yang Chow Chinatown
It’s all about slippery shrimp at Yang Chow, the Chinatown staple since 1977. The Mandarin and Sichuan specialist offers an extensive menu that ranges from spicy chicken with orange peel sauce to cold chicken noodles. and sesame to kung pao squid – but seriously, order the spring rolls and slippery shrimp as well. 819 N Broadway, Los Angeles. Hours: 11:30 am to 8:30 pm Other locations: Pasadena, Long Beach.
Sichuan Impression Alhambra
For anyone serious about spicing up spices, head to Sichuan Impression at the Alhambra. This often (but not exclusively) spirited spot on Valley Boulevard is known for its flavorful punch, especially with dishes like fish boiled in chili sauce, braised duck, and tea-smoked pork ribs. Expect a crowd. 1900 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (closed 2:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Other locations: West LA, Tustin.
Elite Monterey Park
For dim sum only, head to Elite in Monterey Park. Long regarded as one of the area’s most prolific places for endless little plates to snack on, this one is sure to be busy – and certainly worth the wait. 700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.)
The Chinese Restaurant at Torrance Seafood Port will be open on Christmas Day. The restaurant’s varied menu features plenty of seafood (and frog legs) in addition to classics like salt and pepper pork chops, chow mein and lo mein, and roast duck. 21180 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.