Now is the Time. Memphis is the Place.

Trying Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar

Kristina and I rarely take advantage of Overton Square, which is just minutes walking from where we’ve called home since Teach For America’s summer institute ended. With all the high energy of restaurants with live music, like Lafayette’s, and packed seating areas like Babalu with their infamous waiting times (but it was worth it, right?), Overton Square might not always be what we want after a day of being in rooms with 20 voices talking at once sometimes. 

Last night we decided to check out Robata, a cute little ramen place in between Stanley BBQ and Bosco’s. The first time I walked past it I totally didn’t catch it as being another restaurant on Madison Ave., it looked so different and out of place compared with the exteriors of other Overton Square eats. That night, the vibe on patio offered a calm area away from the buzz of other busy bars and restaurants that night, as happy hours were ending.

We decided to sit inside to have some cool air but upon leaving, we realized we could’ve totally sat outside. Even though we’ve been here since June, the Memphis heat still has Kristina and I in fear of inevitable sweat and misery. Maybe next summer I’ll master eating hot bowls of food on steamy Memphis nights like Memphians do.

Inside, it was laidback and relaxed, much appreciated after a long day. Kristina and I ordered our bowls of ramen and were a nice weeknight treat for us. Even though they have pork in what looked like most of their ramen, they were able to substitute it out for me which was sweet! Check out Robata if you feel like coming down to Overton Square but for a more relaxed vibe, at least on that weeknight we popped in. I’ll be checking them out on the weekends too when they have discounted ramen bowls after 10pm.

I’m also hoping the weather starts to cool down! The Midwest in me is waiting for the season of fall leaves, pumpkins, and…outfits with layers. We’ll see, my students keep telling me it’ll happen soon! They honestly have been my Memphis insiders more than adult Memphians have been given how much time I’m with them, which has proven to be hilarious at times (“You haven’t been to La Michoacana?!”) Until next week!

What else am I up to? Keep up with my Year One adventures here.

What is Year One? Go here to read more.