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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 84
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 6
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Catfish to die for

Every time I manage to be passing through, I have to stop for the catfish. It's the best. By far. I've been stopping in for years, and I don't plan on stopping. Truly a highlight to my day.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
joyhope
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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151 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Johnson City, Tennessee
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Every time I manage to be passing through, I have to stop for the catfish. It's the best. By far. I've been stopping in for years, and I don't plan on stopping. Truly a highlight to my day.

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Hernando, Mississippi
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Every time I come here I say I'm gonna try the bar b q next time, but the catfish is so darned good I can't pass it up! The catfish is served hot with a crispy cornmeal breading, a generous sluice of sweet onion, dill pickle spear and a couple of hush puppies. Two sides are included such as fried... More 

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

Hi GeeH_11- Thank you so much for stopping in! We do our best to make sure the catfish stays consistently great, and we're glad you took the time to stop by and review us. As far as the hush puppies, we no longer had the fryer/kitchen space to keep up with demand, as the fired sides on our menu are... More 

Arlington, Texas
Top Contributor
389 reviews 389 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Food was great! We had catfish and onion rings and tea and pecan pie. It was great but the cooks were not expecting the big crowd they had today so they were behind on the BBQ. But they have lots of music artists that eat there and they also cater to truck drivers which is very nice. Will definitely stop... More 

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

Hi SmurfySmurfette80- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us! We appreciate your business, and were happy that you enjoyed the catfish and onion rings. To say we were behind yesterday is putting it nicely haha! We had three call-ins on one of the busiest days of the year, so it was quite chaotic. I'm glad to... More 

Lansing, Michigan
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

On a long journey from Texas back to Michigan we spotted Nick's billboard and opted to pause here for some delicious repast. After being in the place, I realized we had stopped in about a year ago for some delicious food, All the staff were very sociable and good at their tasks. Especially Jessika, and Austin. I hope to remember... More 

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

Hi conmar2239- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us. We are pleased to see that you really liked the experience! Jessika and Austin were both excited to read the kind words you posted. As always, there is always an owner present if anything arises, and our staff sees the feedback given by our guests. Food-wise, I... More 

Hemet, California
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Saw the sign for Nick's Bbq. I decided to stop before checking into my hotel for the night. And to my surprise it's the same great restaurant I stopped into several months ago. Still good and if I pass by again I will stop again

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

Hi again sandymccluskey1953- Thank you for stopping in again so soon! We appreciate you remembering where we are, and I'm glad everything was as good as you remember. As always, we strive for your complete satisfaction, and your feedback is shown to our staff. I know they'll appreciate the kind words. Thank you again for stopping in, and we hope... More 

Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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
64 reviews 64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
7 helpful votes 7 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 

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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: Seafood, 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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