Ben’s Chili Bowl celebrates 58 years in business with the launch of “Eat, Sip, Snap & Win“, a memories and photos contest running from November 13, 2016 through December 31, 2016. Participants are invited to visit to share a ‘memory or milestone’ at Ben’s Chili Bowl, or take a selfie and share it on social media while visiting a Ben’s Chili Bowl location, for a chance to win a grand prize trip to include airfare and hotel, among other great prizes.

Eat, Sip, Snap & Win invites fans, friends, and guests to participate for a chance to win in one of two ways:

  • Visit to upload a photo and caption of their ‘memory or milestone’ at Ben’s Chili Bowl;
  • Visit Ben’s Chili Bowl’s U Street, Arlington, H Street or DCA locations to snap a selfie, tag it with the hashtag #BensSelfieSunday and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or via Ben’s Chili Bowl’s in-store app, available on iTunes and Google Play.

“The Original Ben’s Chili Bowl’s 58th anniversary marks what would have been my parent’s 58th wedding anniversary. Our family has shared some wonderful memories and milestones throughout the years and now we would love for our fans, friends and community to share theirs,” says Nizam Ali, youngest son of founders Ben and Virginia Ali, and co-owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl and its affiliated restaurants. “We created this photo contest as a fun and exciting way to celebrate this legacy, and we hope participants enjoy sharing their experiences with us and others.”

#BensSelfieSunday will be hosted every Sunday at all Ben’s Chili Bowl locations as well as Ben’s Next Door and Ben’s Upstairs. Guests may snap a selfie of themselves with family or friends enjoying Half-Smokes and other favorites and share using Ben’s in-store app for a chance to win prizes. Ben’s Chili Bowl is further promoting the contest with ‘Half-Smoke Happy Hour,’ which takes place during the campaign every Monday through Friday from 3pm -5pm. During Half-Smoke Happy Hour guests can enjoy a Half-Smoke and get a Coke free.

Contest prizes will be awarded as a part of ongoing promotions and giveaways online, in the community and in-store for the duration of the contest. A grand prize, and second and third place prize, will be awarded for the favorite memory and milestone shared and for the favorite selfie shared. Prizes include round-trip tickets from Delta Airlines, free Coca-Cola products, Marriott Hotel stays, tickets to Howard Theatre, gift certificates, and more.

Participants may enter in both the ‘Memories and Milestones’ online contest and the #bensselfiesunday contest at Ben’s Chili Bowl U Street, H Street, Arlington and DCA locations, Ben’s Upstairs, and Ben’s Next Door from November 13, 2016 through December 31, 2016. A panel of judges will review entries and award the grand prize in early January. Additional contest rules are available at


About Ben’s Chili Bowl

Opened in August 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl is a DC landmark, and home to our world-famous chili and mouth-watering Ben’s Original Half Smokes. Ben’s not-too-secret recipe of friendship, family, food and fun had led to new-comers discovering the joys and resonance of U Street’s history, culture and community, symbolizing all that is great about this country and serving as a force of stability during tough times.

Generations have sat on the same stools, at the same counter, eating the same homemade secret recipe Chili Sauce on the same Chili Dogs, Chili Half Smokes, and Chili Burgers, making Ben’s Chili Bowl one recognized world-wide as the “must go” place to eat when visiting Washington.  The Ben’s Chili Bowl family of restaurants also includes Ben’s Next Door and Ben’s Upstairs.