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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
Today
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • 71
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  • 43
    Very good
  • 12
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A great place to eat!

The food is superb. If you like barbecue you'll love this place. Service is excellent. Try the hand made fried pies.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Theavgjoe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

The food is superb. If you like barbecue you'll love this place. Service is excellent. Try the hand made fried pies.

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San Antonio, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

As a long haul truck driver- and a BBQ connoisseur from Texas- I look hard to find good food on the road. I have been stopping at Nick's for several years now and they never disappoint! My favorite dish is their BBQ Nachos- and I order mine with lean brisket. Not a huge dish but very satisfying! If you are... More 

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

Hi TXAgitator- Thank you so much for stopping in! We appreciate the nice review. Receiving feedback from our regular guests is very helpful for us in ensuring our experience can be the best we can possibly make it. I'm happy to hear that you are a regular - please feel free to ask for me when you're in, as I... More 

Springfield, Missouri
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70 reviews 70 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Great food, fast friendly service :o) Worth repeating :) there was a line at 7:30 pm which is a really good sign, I was seated fairly quick, my drink order was delivered fast as was my food, the fresh coleslaw was very good as was the rest of my catfish dinner, the pickle & sliced onion on the side was... More 

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

Hi AWorkinMan- Thank you so much for stopping in! We appreciate your business, and your kind words. When our guests take time to review our business after a great experience - that really means a lot to all of us who read them. It's nice to know that all of our work is noticed and appreciated. We always strive to... More 

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The ribs were fall off the bone tender. rhey come out dry with sause om the side. Im a big guy and 6 ribs and 2 sides were plenty for me. The side dishes were plentiful. The shrimp were ok, I would not recommend ordering them. If your on I40 between Memphis and Little Rock this is a must try.... More 

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

Hi Andy T- Thank you for stopping in. We appreciate your business and your taking time out to review our restaurant. I'm glad to know that you liked the ribs and the service, and I apologize for the shrimp not being to your liking. If memory serves me, we were using a more coarse breading for our shrimp that week... More 

Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My family has eaten here many times over the last 20+ years and have never had anything but very good experiences. Last fall we made a 70 mile round trip to eat here and it was well worth the trouble. That meal was not only delicious (catfish & bbq platter) but the service was nothing less than outstanding. They simply... More 

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

Hi mygtogofast - Thank you for your business and the kind words! Every review is shown to our staff, and it means a lot to all of us to know that our guests are completely satisfied. We appreciate your business through the years - it means a lot. Please know that an OWNER is present at all times should anything... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

ribs are delish too. all the sides are fresh. superb service. great southern bbq catfish joint atmosphere. we love this place, have stopped in many times and will continue as time allows.

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

Hi Chadwick2015 - Thank you for your business and the kind words! Every review is shown to our staff, and it means a lot to all of us to know that our guests are completely satisfied. We appreciate you stopping by and taking time out to review our business while on the road. Feel free to stay overnight if you... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

When traveling I-40 between Memphis and Little Rock, I often time my trip so that I can stop for a meal at Nicks. Their beef barbeque in particular is really tasty, as is their catfish. The only issue I have with them is that on weekend evenings they get so busy I've had to wait as much as an hour... More 

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

Hi Deborah T - Thank you for your business and the review! We are actually working on improving certain aspects of the atmosphere, as we understand that our building is undersized and dated. Every review is shown to our staff, and it means a lot to all of us to know that our guests are completely satisfied. Please know that... More 

OLYMPIA
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350 reviews 350 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

I might not have found this place had it not been for the great tip at the Arkansas Welcome Center. We were crossing Arkansas and were about an hour and a half from when we would be eating lunch. I was given a hand out menu for Nicks and told they had wonderful BBQ and were easy to find off... More 

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

Hi 98502! Thank you so much for stopping in and taking time out to dine here while on your trip. The staff at the welcome center are amazing, and they really are too kind to us. We appreciate the kind words. All reviews are seen by the staff, and I know they appreciate the great feedback. If you are passing... More 

Hemet, California
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

What a treat. Parking lot was full. Which was a good sign. Food was fresh and very yummy. If I drive this way again. I will stop.

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

Hi sandymccluskey1953 - Thank you for your business and the kind words! Every review is shown to our staff, and it means a lot to all of us to know that our guests are completely satisfied. We appreciate you stopping by and taking time out to review our business while on your trip. Please know that an OWNER is present... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We've been dining at Nick's for 15 years, and it's always great! Food, service and atmosphere. If you are near Carlisle, don't miss this Arkansas treasure!

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

Hi BEeKer1 - Thank you for your business and the kind words! Every review is shown to our staff, and it means a lot to all of us to know that our guests are completely satisfied. Please know that an OWNER is present at all times should anything arise. Again, thank you for your business, and we look forward 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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