15 Facts About Chick-Fil-A That'll Make You Say "Whoa, That's Crazy"

    The A in "Chick-fil-A" has a secret meaning.

    1. Chick-fil-A operates 12 full-service Dwarf House restaurants — named after the original Chick-fil-A, which was called the Dwarf Grill — where you can order hamburgers, steaks, and lemon icebox pie.

    2. The chain also owns a Hawaiian-themed restaurant called Truett's Luau in Fayetteville, Georgia, and at 8,000 square feet, it's Chick-fil-A's largest restaurant.

    3. The A in Chick-fil-A's name is capitalized to symbolize that its food is top quality or "Grade A."

    4. The first 100 customers at new Chick-fil-A restaurants get free Chick-fil-A for an entire year.

    5. Only three states don't have a Chick-fil-A: Alaska, Hawaii, and Vermont.

    6. Chick-fil-A is the single largest purchaser of Sunkist lemons in the entire world. Its employees squeeze over 300 million lemons each year to make lemonade.

    7. And it's also the largest domestic buyer of peanut oil, which it uses to fry its food.

    8. The restaurant chain spent seven years and over $50 million dollars developing grilled nuggets for the menu.

    9. Although Chick-fil-A is famous for its chicken sandwich, waffle fries are actually the most-ordered item on the menu.

    10. Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy actually invented the chicken sandwich in the 1960s, but the process took him four whole years.

    11. Those aren't just any pickles on Chick-fil-A sandwiches: The restaurant soaks cucumber slices for exactly three days before serving them up on a bun.

    12. The secret recipe for the famous chicken sandwich is actually locked in a safe at the company's headquarters in Atlanta.

    13. The official mission statement of the restaurant chain doesn't even mention food. Rather, it's "to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A."

    14. Despite being closed on Sundays, Chick-fil-A earns more money per restaurant than any other American fast-food company.

    15. Finally, Chick-fil-A Sauce is actually just a combination of other sauces.

    Did you know? Chick-fil-A Sauce is a magical blend of Honey Mustard, Barbecue and Ranch Sauces. http://t.co/BaLyqbM5


    There actually are Chick-fil-A restaurants in Nevada and North Dakota, leaving only three states — Alaska, Hawaii, and Vermont — without one. A previous version of this post included Nevada and North Dakota in a list of states with no Chick-fil-A.