Welcome to the tarmac that Wally built.
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) does a brisk trade of regional jets ferrying supplicants to the Walmart throne. Yes, Tyson is in nearby Springdale, and t-shirted college students indicate the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville up the road, but this is Wally World. Central Bentonville is dominated by about three dozen, hulking, low-slung buildings of Walmart’s headquarters. Even the newest cultural attraction, Crystal Bridges, is funded by Walmart heir money.
Small US airports often recall when travel was less impersonal and far less paranoid. XNA has plenty of light, some comfy chairs, free wi-fi and a nice sit-down restaurant, the Smokewood American Grill. With little time before departure, The Rapid Traveler inquired what could be ready in 10-15 minutes.
“Not the burgers or steaks.”
Excellent answer, indicating entrees are actually made fresh.
Consolation prize was ‘artisinal mac and cheese’ with several sides, served in paper cups, tiffin style. It made for quite the in-flight spread.