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Your guide to the 4 most popular spots in Indianapolis' South Emerson neighborhood

Photo: HotBox Pizza/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on June 17, 2020.

Looking to uncover all that South Emerson has to offer? Get to know this Indianapolis neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a doughnut and boba tea spot to a Japanese steakhouse.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in South Emerson, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Pana Donuts Coffee & Boba Tea

photo: michael r./yelp

Topping the list is PANA Donuts Coffee & Boba Tea, a spot to score doughnuts, juices and smoothies. Located at 5370 E. Thompson Road, it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting five stars out of 77 reviews on Yelp. 

Get your sugar cravings at this spot with offerings like apple fritters and cinnamon rolls. Doughnuts come in flavors like Bavarian cream, chocolate, rainbow sprinkles and toasted coconut. Breakfast sandwiches include ham, turkey and roast beef on your choice of bagel, bread or croissant. 

2. Hotbox Pizza

photo: hotbox pizza/yelp

Next is HotBox Pizza, a spot to score pizza, situated at 5220 E. Southport Road With 4.5 stars out of 26 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite. 

Whether you want a slice or a pie, the menu features plenty of options. Choose from Aloha with ham, pineapple, ricotta cheese and red sauce), chicken ranch (with bacon, spinach, Wisconsin cheddar and ranch), classic pepperoni, hearty veggie and more. 

3. Hana Japanese Fusion

photo: chad m./yelp

Sushi bar, Japanese and Asian fusion spot Hana Japanese Fusion is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 6905 S. Emerson Ave., Suite F, 4.5 stars out of 141 reviews. 

Enjoy bento boxes, noodle dishes and dinner entrees in a contemporary atmosphere. Look for more than 30 different sushi options including the Mexican, Philly dragon and spicy crab rolls. Also, try the Hibachi salmon with sautéed veggies and fried rice. 

4. Fujiyama Steak House of Japan

photo: fujiyama steak house of japan/yelp

Fujiyama Steak House of Japan, a sushi bar, steakhouse and Japanese spot, is another neighborhood go-to, with four stars out of 261 Yelp reviews. Head over to 5149 Victory Drive to see for yourself. 

The lunch menu features bento boxes, steamed buns, sushi and Hibachi entrees (served with house salad, soup, fried rice and vegetables). Popular maki rolls include the dynamite, paradise, Las Vegas and New York. Save room for the ice cream tempura for dessert. 


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