Get Better-Than-Dorm-Room Ramen at Edo Japanese

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 11th 2011 0 42

Here's one of my somewhat shameful secrets: I graduated from college four years ago. I write about food as part of my job. I'm gainfully employed. But, dammit, I really, really love Ramen noodles.

And, now that I've eaten Ramen in a restaurant, I feel a little vindicated.

Ramen from Edo, Memphis, Tenn.

The Ramen I ordered at Edo last night was a far cry from the 10-cent packets of my Ball State days. It was a big, pho-sized bowl of squiggly noodles, bamboo shoots, green onions and bean sprouts in a tangy brown broth (that sort of tasted like clear soup).

I went a little crazy with my ordering at Edo. So much of the Japanese menu sounded good, and everything was inexpensive. Before the Ramen, I started with the sunomono, which is a small pickled cucumber and crab salad tossed with seaweed. I also tried two sushi rolls – the Banzai and the Louisiana.

When the server set down the Banzai roll on the table, my dinner buddy and I spent a good three minutes talking about how pretty it was. The roll was stuffed with crab meat, raw salmon, cucumber and radish sprouts. The Louisiana rolls was like a souped-up California roll – fresh avocado and fried crab meat wrapped in seaweed and rice and rolled in bright orange smelt roe.

Edo is located in a tiny strip mall on Summer Ave, in the back half of the parking lot occupied by La Guadalupana. It's a totally mom-and-pop operation. There's no sushi bar and the decor is a little campy (it almost reminded me of a set in a Tarantino movie), but the space is charming and the service is friendly. When I was there last night around 7:30, the restaurant was moderately busy with tables of regulars (including some who were speaking Japanese – a good sign).

Edo is open Tuesdays through Sundays for dinner from 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). They accept all major credit cards as long as the purchase is more than $10.

Go There:


4792 Summer Avenue
Memphis, TN 38122
(901) 767-7096

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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. devon says:

    Haha, Kerry, I am also a shameless lover of Ramen noodles! I really want to try this place. Nice post =)

  2. Ash says:

    Know where I’m eating dinner tonight. One of the family favorites, and we were just wondering about the ramen (as we ate our own “dorm room style”) the other day.

  3. Adam says:

    I lived in Japan for a while. Edo is the only place I’ve been to in Memphis where the Japanese food actually tastes like what I used to eat over there.

  4. Chip says:

    Edo used to be my family’s restaurant when I was a kid. I don’t go as much as I used to, but it is still as great now as it was 30 years ago, when it was the only ethnic food in Memphis besides Pancho’s.

  5. Jay says:

    We took your recommendation. Good stuff, the staff was super friendly, and the food was tasty. We’ll definitely dine there again.

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  7. Katz says:

    I’m thrilled that Edo’s is still around. I use to go there when I was in high school. Next time I’m in Memphis I will definitely stop by!!

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