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

May 11, 2011 2:23 pm7 commentsViews: 119

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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


  • 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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