Revisiting a Favorite Restaurant in Carlisle

I stumbled across Nick’s Bar-B-Q and Catfish in Carlisle strictly by accident about 10 years ago. There were numerous signs along I-40 going east toward Memphis but some of the signs were a little faded so I didn’t know if the business was still open. It brought to mind the I Love Lucy episode when the Ricardos and Mertzes are traveling cross-country and are looking for a place to eat. They keep seeing signs for Aunt Sally’s Pecan Pralines. These go on for approximately 200 miles. They finally get to the sign saying “just around the corner,” only to see one right after it saying “You have just passed Aunt Sally’s Pecan Pralines.”

Since Nick’s isn’t visible from the interstate, I had to wonder if they were still in operation. I was transporting a guest-of-state to Memphis and she was hungry. I made the decision we’d go see if we could find Nick’s since we were close to the Carlisle exit, not knowing for sure what I’d discover.

Boy, did I find a winner. Such a winner, in fact, I’ve made several trips to Carlisle since then, just to eat at Nick’s. The locals love it, that’s for sure. On our way home from the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in West Memphis via U.S. 70, my boss Kat and I decided to stop for my Nick-fix. As is the norm, I was not disappointed. We ordered the fried green tomatoes, cheese dip and salsa for starters. The tomatoes are awesome! Thin, crunchy and not greasy. So very, very good.
The cheese dip and salsa aren’t overly spicy so they are enjoyable by all ages. I had a chopped pork sandwich, Kat had the beef brisket, both good choices, accompanied by onion rings and fried, definitely handmade, quite tasty and not greasy.

Neither of us had room for dessert but I can tell you from previous visits, Nick’s fried pies are exceptional. I have a friend who swears by the coconut and the dried apricot. Me…you can’t beat chocolate.

There’s always something new to try at Nick’s. I’ve had the catfish on previous visits and it’s just as amazing as the other items I’ve tried. Take a trip to Carlisle and try Nick’s.

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