The fast-casual dining sector is the place to be in the restaurant industry these days. Full-service eateries such as Darden Restaurants' Olive Garden and Red Lobster brands are fighting with rivals over a flat market, and even fast-food titans such as McDonald's can't manage much growth.

In the following video, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos sizes up two fast-casual companies that are growing: Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread . Looking at their recent performance in light of their stock valuations, Demitrios says that, while neither one is cheap, Panera looks like the better buy -- assuming its recent growth slowdown is just temporary.  

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The article Chipotle or Panera: Which Is the Better Buy? originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos owns shares of McDonald's. The Motley Fool recommends McDonald's and Panera Bread and owns shares of Darden Restaurants, McDonald's, and Panera Bread. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't 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.

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