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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 107
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Guy said, "the best ribs in the state"

Last week I flew to Arkansas to pick up a truck in N Little Rock . When I asked about somewhere to eat, "Take the exit at Carlisle and go to Nick's Barbeque, the best ribs in the whole state. You like ribs?" Well duuuh, I love some good ribs and I KNOW good ribs when I get 'em.There's more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
sam h
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Tryon, North Carolina
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Tryon, North Carolina
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Last week I flew to Arkansas to pick up a truck in N Little Rock . When I asked about somewhere to eat, "Take the exit at Carlisle and go to Nick's Barbeque, the best ribs in the whole state. You like ribs?" Well duuuh, I love some good ribs and I KNOW good ribs when I get 'em.There's more... More 

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North Bay, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Read all the reviews and decided to take the short drive off the interstate to try them out. Friendly service staff, fresh tasty salad and now for the real reason to come to a bbq place the ribs and pulled pork. A little more spicy then I am used to (so a extra glass of amazing sweet tea to wash... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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314 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Nick's is a good place to eat. The food is always well prepared and plentiful. The wait staff always friendly. If you love ribs and catfish, this is a place for you.

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

Hi punkinlr- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us! It is always great to hear feedback from our repeat guests, and all of you are valued! We will always try our hardest to deliver fantastic food and a friendly guest experience. Our staff tries hard to hustle and deliver the best service possible. As always, there... More 

north carolina
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Always plan our trips through Arkansas to be at nicks for lunch have never had a bad meal. The bar b q is fantastic and so is the catfish so I always get both. For lunch you can be in and out in 30 min. For supper though plan on a wait.

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

Hi nchungryman- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us! We always appreciate great feedback from our regular guests, and it's nice to know that we are a regular stop for people driving cross-country. Even though we cannot guarantee fast turnaround times, our staff is trained to hustle and try their best to deliver a great overall... More 

Buffalo, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I have been in the south on a few different trips before; but I am usually wary of trying too much of the food. Nick's was surprisingly delight though! Atmosphere was rimeniscent of a homey family cottage and the food was super tasty (but a little to spicy lol). The tater tots were in the shape of tetris blocks! I... More 

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

Hi Terrence W- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us! Your review is perhaps the most humorous I've read on here in some time, and it's great that you enjoyed everything. Though the tater tots are shaped like tetris pieces, we use them because they taste better, in our opinion, than the standard school cafeteria-esque tots... More 

Chandler, Arizona
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We were here on 8/16/15 while on a stop-over while on a road trip. This restaurant provides good, basic food for a decent price. I had breaded catfish fillets w/2 sides which was all good. My husband had bbq pork & brisket which we enjoyed and I liked my bite of it. We had the fried pie pockets that they... More 

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

Hi Lask2002- Thank you so much for stopping in and making our restaurant a part of your trip. We understand that many people traveling are looking for great food/value, and that is our core group of guests who we aim to satisfy. We're glad you enjoyed everything and took a pie for the road! As always, our staff sees the... More 

Illinois
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40 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is some of the best southern food I've ever had. They have the best fried green tomatoes and some of the best smoked BBQ I've ever had. Aside from the food, our waitress had about 10 tables and I never even had to ask for a refill. Can't wait to go back!

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

Hi Wahooo1- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us! We appreciate the kind words, and we're glad you had the opportunity to try out our specialty appetizers and barbecue. We try out hardest every day to deliver a consistently great product, and we're glad you approve. Service-wise, you caught us on a short day, and it's... More 

Hinesville, Georgia
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104 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

After reading other tripadvisor reviews we checked with the clerk at our hotel. She highly recommended Nick's as the best restaurant in town. Since there were only one other restaurant and two fast-food places we took our chance. Very happy we did. Large portions of food and reasonable prices. The sliced pork I had was tremendous. Tender and juicy. My... More 

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

Hi oldsgm- Thank you so much for stopping in! We are happy that your expectations were exceeded, and we truly appreciate the kind feedback. You took a chance, and we're happy you liked everything. We are known for barbecue and catfish, and our staff works hard to make sure everyhting is exceptional. There is always an owner present if you... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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107 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Stopped in here yesterday and was once again quite impressed with the overall experience! Great staff working hard to serve up awesome food in a clean, family-friendly atmosphere! They do it on a consistent basis and that says a lot about this establishment! I'm an over-the-road trucker and this has been a favorite stop of mine for several years now.... 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 again! Our repeat guests are truly special, and we are happy to know that everything is as you remember it. Our staff hustles, and I assure you, we constantly try to improve the way our guests experience the restaurant. As always, there is an owner on staff who would love... More 

Olive Branch, Mississippi
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189 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Coming back to Memphis from Hot Springs stopped here for lunch. Busy place and lots of locals here also. Pictures on wall of several famous country stars on the walls. Interesting. Four of us. We had pulled pork, burger, popcorn shrimp and catfish. Everything was great and good sized portions. Prices were really cheap. Our server liked to text more... More 

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

Hi GJTravel- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us! We appreciate your business, and we try our hardest to deliver an exceptional experience. We are happy to hear that you liked the food, and we also used what you ordered to find out who your server was. We discussed the finer points of guest service, so... 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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