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.
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.
4792 Summer Avenue
Memphis, TN 38122