I65-South Emerson residents benefit from a supply of Asian and American restaurants in their own neighborhood and a further abundance of ethnic kitchens in nearby Beech Grove.
Follow the smell of home cooking down South Emerson Avenue to Dale’s Family Restaurant, a local establishment for breakfast and brunch. The menu features classics such as pancakes, bread pudding and savory meatloaf with a side of bacon green beans. Made-from-scratch meals draw families and seniors to this comfortable dining environment.
At Fujiyama Steak House of Japan, the house ginger salad dressing nearly steals the show from the entertaining hibachi chefs. Try the teriyaki chicken, then buy a bottle of dressing to use at home. On Mondays and Tuesdays, pay half price for sushi rolls. On weekends, reservations are highly recommended.
Hana Japanese Fusion competes for neighborhood loyalty with fresh sushi rolls of its own. Blending Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine, this sushi bar has previously won awards for the “Best Asian Fusion” in Indianapolis. Order creative concoctions such as the Mexican roll or the Land & Sea roll with steak and crawfish salad. Dining options include eating in or taking it with you.
A casual nightlife scene spills over the neighborhood’s northern boundaries. Stay in I65-South Emerson for pool, darts and live music at Mikie’s Pub. The bar gets especially busy on Tuesdays, when it serves $.25 tacos. Just over South Arlington Avenue, the Irish-themed Murphy's Pubhouse serves pretzel bun sandwiches and shows sports on the TVs. The state chain Scotty’s Brewhouse, just west of East Southport
Road, features specialty draft beers from Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co., $3 pints on Thursdays and free meals for kids on Sundays.
For clubs and a dance scene, head downtown.