On Saturday night, I went out to White Smoke for Texas BBQ in Azabu. I was skeptical, but pleasantly surprised. They have a smoker on their first floor and the meat was on par with County Line or Salt Lick (well-known Texas BBQ joints I frequented when I lived in Austin, Texas). White Smoke has room for improvement when it comes to the sides--cornbread and biscuits could definitely be better (both were dry and the biscuits were downright hard). But they have the pecan pie down! I had a taste of a friend's slice and was surprised by the generous quantity and great taste of the toasted pecans.
I have been having some trouble with my appetite since I moved to Tokyo and just haven't been eating much. Saturday night was the first time in a long time that I left a meal feeling completely satisfied!