Chinese food and the Christmas holiday go hand in hand.

For many Chinese restaurants, Christmas is the busiest day of the year.

This is partly due to the Jewish tradition of Chinese food and a movie, but it has been adopted by loads of other people who are just too lazy to cook (like me) or would rather spend their time celebrating than sweating in the kitchen (also me).

The movie is A Christmas Story. If you don't remember the holiday classic, check out this iconic scene.

I'm kind of a picky eater when it comes to Chinese food, so finding the best restaurant has always been a challenge. So I consulted Yelp to help me figure out which is the best of the best.

  1. Teriyaki Express, 1718 East Riverside Boulevard
  2. Lung Fung 2, 2209 South Perryville Road
  3. The Great Wall Restaurant, 4228 East State Street
  4. Chef Chen, 6742 Broadcast Parkway
  5. China Express, 1920 East Riverside Boulevard

If you're considering ordering Chinese for takeout on Christmas be sure to call ahead to make sure whatever restaurant you choose is open.

Did your favorite Chinese restaurant in the Rockford area get left off the list? Tell us your favorite.

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Sweet Lenny is the brand manager of 97ZOK, Q98.5, and Operations Manager for Townsquare Media Rockford. Catch him afternoons 3 to 7 on 97ZOK. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and like his page on Facebook.