Christmas Day dining
If all you want for Christmas is Chinese food and a trip to the movies, here's a guide to your Dec. 25 culinary options.
Hollywood East Cafe
This longtime staple of University Boulevard, now located inside the Westfield Wheaton shopping center, can get pretty rowdy on Christmas Day: Make a reservation today if you can. The dim sum carts roll from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the regular menu is served until 1 a.m.
11160 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton. 240-290-9988. www.hollywoodeastcafe.com.
When nearby Chinese restaurants had waits of more than two hours on Christmas Day last year (that's downtown Bethesda for you), this colorful purveyor of Punjabi cuisine had tables at the ready. It's a hidden gem bursting with flavor. Open at 4 p.m.
7236 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-718-0008. www.delhidhaba.com.
Uncle Liu's Hot Pot
If you want to erase the taste of candy canes from your mouth, look to this Szechuan eatery where vats of hot broth, veggies and meat bubble with heat and flavor right at your table. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
2972 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. 703-560-6868.
Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema found an obvious problem with this storefront Indian outpost in Tenleytown: "Too much is so good, you can't stop eating it." Open 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.
4441-B Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-362-4441. www.masalaartdc.com.
Communal tables and heaping bowls of the hearty Vietnamese broth make this casual, cash-only Arlington cafeteria and its no-frills atmosphere perfect for a quick stop when you're rushing to catch a Christmas Day matinee. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1721 Wilson Blvd. Arlington. 703-525-7355.
Indique and Indique Heights
These sister restaurants in D.C. and Chevy Chase serve artful takes on classic Indian staples. The chicken vella korma, with cashew nuts, coconut and star anise, is the perfect blend of savory and sweet. Open 5 to 10 p.m.
Indique, 3512 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-244-6600. www.indique.com; Indique Heights, 2 Wisconsin Cir. Chevy Chase. 301-656-4822. www.indiqueheights.com.
Peking Gourmet Inn
If you don't feel like serving your own Christmas bird, head to this Baileys Crossroads restaurant, a favorite of both presidents Bush. It's best known for its Peking Duck, a golden, glistening offering that crackles with flavor and is carved table-side.
6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-671-8088. www.pekinggourmet.com.
Justin Rude and Alex Baldinger
| December 22, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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