Unless you’re a member of the tribe yourself, you may not know one of the best Christmas dinner traditions is actually Jewish—and includes copious amounts of Chinese cuisine. This year, Old Thousand and JewBoy Burgers are offering a modern take on the long established practice at Old Thousand on Christmas Eve. While the full menu has yet to be revealed, the promise of dishes filled with “soy sauce and schmaltz” is enough to already make our taste buds all verklempt.
Cost: Menu prices vary based on what is ordered.
How to order: Call 737-222-6637.
This eclectic eastside restaurant makes going out for Chinese a real occasion. Team Old Thousand take American-Chinese recipes and bring them to life in the company of delicious cocktails and a lively atmosphere. It does the classics brilliantly, from the chunky General Tso’s Chicken with jasmine rice to the Xiao Mian wheat noodles with peanut, Szechuan peppercorn, and chili oil. The Brisket Fried Rice uses generous helpings of the house-smoked beef brisket that marries perfectly with Chinese pork sausage. If that’s all too meaty for you, the place also brings the flavor to tofu on dishes like the Mapo Fried Tofu and the Hot and Sour Soup. Save room at the end for the Five Spice Chinese Churro with Pandan Cream.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, or order takeout and delivery via Toast.
When it comes to Chinese restaurants, they don’t get cooler than Old Thousand. The panda-clad venue hosts a rockin’ brunch, inventive takes on the classics like the Brisket Fried Rice and Kung Pao Brussels, and cocktails with extra kick (we love the Panda Punch). Stop by with pals, invite a date, or take the party home with takeout and delivery options.