Finally made it to Front Street Smokehouse in Elizabeth. Very inviting place, located at the foot of Elizabeth Avenue. Can't recommend it highly enough. Phil (the owner) really knows what he is doing. The stlye is Memphis. I had the brisket, which may have been the best I ever had. Extremely complex flavor, very moist. My wife had 1/2 rack of ribs--also terrific. Sides (mac and cheese, bbq black beans, fries, cole slaw) all home-made, all delicious, as were the corn muffins served when we sat down. They give you a pitcher of bbq sauce which I found too sweet and which overpowered the subtle flavors of the brisket. Very generous portions--no room for dessert. Also, nice bar with not very interesting selection of beers, although they have Stella on draft, which was ice cold and very good with the meal. Great music on the sound system--I remember hearing Hendrix and Buffalo Springfield, among others.
The place is very friendly and beautifully renovated. The location is very interesting--ships pass by right across the street, and as you drive down Elizabeth Avenue, you see all sorts of ethnic shops, bakeries and restaurants. On-street parking is very easy. We will be returning soon with friends.