Private fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has dominated the headlines recently following controversial comments by Dan Cathy, president and COO of the company. The typically low-profile company has become a source of debate nationwide, something that sparked Fool.com editor Brenton Flynn's interest in the business behind the headlines. While it remains unclear how this controversy will effect performance going forward, one thing's for sure, Chick-fil-A sports industry-leading performance metrics that are unmatched in the public markets.

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Brenton Flynn has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill and McDonald's. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Burger King Worldwide, Chipotle Mexican Grill, McDonald's, and Yum! Brands. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.