It's not just a tired trope from A Christmas Story anymore. For some families, a Christmas Day meal at a Chinese restaurant isn't just the second choice after the neighbor's dogs ate the holiday turkey. If you're looking to get out of the kitchen and spend the day dining on dim sum and dumplings, here are a few of our favorite restaurants right now that can accommodate on Christmas.
Locations in Uptown, Preston Hollow, Southlake and Frisco
This local franchise, which recently opened a location at the Star in Frisco, is open and serving dim sum on both Christmas Eve (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Christmas Day (5-9:30 p.m.), with similar hours on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, respectively. Great for groups, and you can fill up on dim sum or order classic Americanized Chinese dishes like General Tsao's chicken.
1914 Commerce St. (Downtown Dallas)
The Statler's new modern Chinese restaurant will serve lunch and dinner on Christmas Day and will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fill up on a few select dim sum classics, along with cocktails with over-the-top presentations and dishes like Peking duck, chilled dan dan noodles and xiao long bao. After your meal, the Statler's basement cocktail cave Bourbon & Banter is open, along with rooftop bar Waterproof.
400 N. Greenville Ave., Richardson
This beloved Richardson noodle and dumpling spot is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (along with New Year's Eve and New Year's Day), but it's a popular option, so call 972-669-9094 to snag reservations. If you're really looking to indulge, there's a new winter cocktail menu, too.
8150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving
This Shanghai-style restaurant on the north side of Irving has a positively massive menu of both American-beloved and traditional Chinese dishes, but we come time and again for the fantastic soup dumplings. It's perfect for big groups, as everyone in the fam will find something to love on this menu. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
2001 Coit Road, Plano
Big Claw, No. 23 on our list of the Top 100 Dallas Restaurants, is open all day on Christmas, serving Chinese street foods, noodles and stir-fries. There's a ton to try at this Plano gem, so bring a group and eat family-style.
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6025 Royal Lane (Preston Hollow)
This Preston Hollow-adjacent gem, No. 27 on our list of the Top 100 Dallas Restaurants, has been a Dallas favorite since 1974. Known for their noodles, Royal China is most fun when you score seats at the noodle bar and can watch staff make those noodles by hand. The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. and opens from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, but it's first-come, first-served — Royal China isn't accepting reservations for the busy holiday service.
Wu Wei Din
2909 W. 15th St., Plano
For some of the area's best noodles, wontons and Chinese soups right now, head to Wu Wei Din in Plano, which took No. 30 on our list of the Top 100 Dallas Restaurants. Regulars love the pork chop fried rice, and the tea house next door also sells many of Wu Wei Din's Chinese and Taiwanese dishes, because the two establishments share a kitchen. The restaurant is open until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.