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Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant

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1012 North Bankhead Drive, Carlisle, AR 72024
(870) 552-3887
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10:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • 81
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great out of the way place

We stopped at the Visitor's Center on I-40 for a pit stop and spoke with a travel guide there. I told him we were headed to No. Little Rock and hopefully find someplace good to eat. He asked if we liked catfish and that's all he had to say. He recommended Nick's and we are very grateful he did... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
gary r
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Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
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Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We stopped at the Visitor's Center on I-40 for a pit stop and spoke with a travel guide there. I told him we were headed to No. Little Rock and hopefully find someplace good to eat. He asked if we liked catfish and that's all he had to say. He recommended Nick's and we are very grateful he did. we... More 

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi gary r- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us! The associates at the travel center are absolutely fantastic, and we always do our best to make sure they are proven right when recommending our restaurant. We are pleased that you enjoyed your meal, as the combination dinner is our specialty. As far as the ambience,... More 

Grand Rapids, MI
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

Stopped for an early dinner and was pleasantly surprised. I had the bbq pork which came sliced, chopped or pulled. I opted for the sliced at the recommendation of the server who said it was the leanest of the three choices. It was very lean with just thd right amount of sauce. It was served with a choice of two... More 

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi jdenston- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us! We appreciate your business as well as your kind feedback. Our barbecue pork is one of our specialty items, so I'm glad you were pleased with everything. We always want our guests to be full and completely satisfied with their dining experience. As always, there is an... More 

West Plains, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Was traveling from Hot Springs to Memphis found this little Gem on Tripadvisor..EVERYTHING was YUM. Service was great, we wanted to try everything so No duplicate anything so we could sample. Fried catfish, Ribs, Onion Rings, Cole Slaw, BBQ sauce, Baked Beans were all AMAZING!!!! We will tell all we know, if traveling I-40 be sure to stop at Nicks... More 

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi PattyR82- Thank you so much for stopping in and giving us a try! We are delighted that you tried our specialties and enjoyed all of them. We strive to always use the highest quality ingredients and remain consistent with our offerings. It means a lot that you would take time out to review us and say such kind things.... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Went in on a Saturday morning, barely had opened at 10 am since e were just passing through and huge wonderful smell of the food was enough to get my mouth watering. My kids and I shared the Fish, Shrimp and BBQ Spareribs plate along with the sides of fried okra, coleslaw and onion rings and we were full. The... More 

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Judith G- Thank you so much for stopping in! We certainly appreciate your business, and it means a lot that you think enough of us to post such a kind review. We also saw the kind words left on our company page as well- our staff sees that and appreciates it too! We're glad you tried all three of... More 

Nashville,TN, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I read the reviews, and have to agree. Best catfish ever!!! Great service and quick food also. But the food is great with generous portions of everything on your plate.

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Sharon P- Thank you so much for stopping in! We certainly appreciate your business, and it means a lot that you think enough of us to post such a kind review. We take our catfish very seriously, and I'm glad your expectations were exceeded! We desire to always earn the best possible reviews from our guests when they try... More 

Liberty, Missouri
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The food and service were excellent. The catfish dinner and bbq pork sandwich made the day. It's definitely a favorite spot of ours. We'll be back soon.

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi chaser193- Thank you so much for stopping in! We certainly appreciate your business, and it means a lot that you think enough of us to post such a kind review. The barbecue and catfish are both specialties, and we strive to always earn the best possible reviews from our guests when they try these dishes. We hope to see... More 

Helena, Arkansas, United States
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Nick's in Carlisle is one of the top five restaurants that I have experienced for both food and service. They specialize in southern delicacies such as fried catfish and barbecue. During out visit, we sampled the fried catfish, ribs, onion rings and their fried pies. The fish was perfectly fried with the right amount of crunch without being greasy. They... More 

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Donald K - Thank you so much for stopping in! We appreciate your business and the very kind review you posted! My staff will certainly enjoy reading this one! You definitely tried out the best we have to offer, food-wise. We always advertise the catfish, ribs, and fried pies because most people are extremely satisfied with them. If you... More 

Rockholds, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Stopped here on the way to California. Ordered catfish and it was delicious. Our waitress was very friendly and did a great job. Will stop again when are back that way.

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Lida7222- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us. We appreciate the very kind words, and I know our staff will also love your review. Catfish is one of our top-sellers, and we're so glad you tried ours out! I'm also delighted to hear that our service was friendly and exceeded expectations. We really have a... More 

Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I had the combo with ribs and catfish, I have to say I was really impressed. Very friendly staff and good food. Would definitely recommend.

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi mike0806- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us. We appreciate the very kind words, and I know our staff will also love your review. Ribs and catfish are our specialty, and we're so glad you tried them out! As always, there is an owner present, and we'd love to visit if you pass back through... More 

Memphis, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

There are so few decent places to eat on the drive between Memphis and Little Rock. This hidden gem is definitely worth a stop! The 1/2 rack rib dinner is plenty of food that you will be dreaming about months from now. Be sure to get a side of onion rings (only 3) because they are the best that have... More 

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi TDEAN2020- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us. We appreciate the very kind words, and I know our staff will also love your review. We are quite serious about our ribs, and I'm glad you appreciate them. Our onion rings are hand-battered - each and every one we serve, and I'm glad you got to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1012 North Bankhead Drive, Carlisle, AR 72024
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Carlisle
  • Phone Number: (870) 552-3887

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm

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