Dec. 25 is a day full of rituals. Some people open presents and then gather around their dining room table for a homemade egg casserole or prime rib. For some, the day is marked by a trip to their favorite Chinese restaurant.


Along with hotels, Chinese restaurants are the most sure things when looking for a place to dine on Christmas. Below are the top Chinese restaurants in Austin that are open on Christmas Day. My critic’s picks are designated with an asterisk. Call to confirm hours.


*A+A Sichuan. 13376 Research Blvd. 512-258-5445, aasichuanchina.com. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


*Asia Cafe. 8650 Spicewood Springs Road. 512-331-5788, asiacafetx.com. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Chen Z. 6705 US 290. 512-892-8888, chenzaustin.com. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


*China Family. 6801 Airport Blvd. 512-520-4171, chinafamilytx.com. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Chinatown West. 2712 Bee Cave Road. 512-328-6588, austinchinatown.com. Open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Chinatown MoPac. 3407 Greystone Drive. 512-343-9307, chinatown-mopac.com. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


*Fat Dragon. 8650 Spicewood Springs Road #109. 512-258-7587, fatdragonatx.com. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


*First Chinese Barbecue. 10901 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-835-8889, firstchinesebbq.com. Open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Ho Ho Chinese BBQ. 13000 N. Interstate 35. 512-339-9088, hohochinesebbq.com. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Hunan Bistro. 10700 Anderson Mill Road #105. 512-579-0108, hunanbistrochinese.com. Open 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m.


*Julie’s Noodles. 8557 Research Blvd. 512-394-6967, juliesnoodles.com. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Lin Asian Cuisine + Dim Sum. 1203 W. Sixth St. 512-474-5107, linasianbar.com. Open for dim sum brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.


Sichuan River. 4534 West Gate Blvd. 512-892-6699, sichuanriver.com. Open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.


*Wu Chow. 500 W. Fifth St. 512-476-2469, wuchowaustin.com. Open 5 to 10 p.m.