The Dads vs. The Kids vs. The Plan // A Father's Day Road-trip with Ford

It’s Father’s Day weekend, and the Brothers’ road-trip season is officially a GO!

Only two of us are dads (so far), but all of us are up for a journey on the open road pretty much anytime the opportunity presents itself. One thing we’ve noticed, however, is that instead of landmarks, we typically mark our trips with food and drink stops. In fact, show us a map of the nation (or world), and we’ll tell you exactly where to stop along the way for a caloric refueling.

So…as you celebrate this Father’s Day with your new tie…or toolset…or coffee mug (BEST. DAD. EVER. Amiright?!), if you need a little getaway, here’s some of our fave spots you’ve GOT to put on your road-trip list:

Edmund’s Oast, Charleston, SC

  • One of our favorite Charleston spots sits just off the less traveled path. This beautifully-styled tavern serves some of the most unique and tasty dishes around. There’s nothing bad on the menu, but here are the Brothers’ picks: cornbread with honey butter, charcuterie and cheese plate, pickled shrimp on rye, and whipped ricotta with charred veggies and semolina bread. RIP, your diet.

Cup of Pipers Tea and Coffee, Paducah, KY

  • Pipers (as we like to call it) might possibly be one of the best coffee and tea shops we’ve ever been to. Stationed in the old Coca Cola bottling plant and Paducah, KY, the husband and wife proprietors are well-traveled and knowledgeable of their trade. They bring influences from England, France, and America to blend the best coffee and tea drinks you’ve ever tasted. In fact, it’s not much of a reach to call these cuppas a work of art.

French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Asheville, NC

  • Three words: Liquid. Chocolate. Truffle. This is one of the most decadent, delightful culinary experiences you’ll ever have in your life. And, if for some reason, that doesn’t strike your fancy, don’t worry, there is a stunning array of other spectacular items that will meet your standards.

Coyo Taco, Miami, FL

  • We were recently introduced to Wynwood by our boy, Alejandro Bedoya (from the USMNT). First off, the art and culture of this Miami neighborhood are worth the visit on their own, but when our friends Janah and Lauren told us about a certain taco stop, resistance was futile. When you go, it’ll be packed, a line out the door, and it’ll be worth every second you have to wait. Go forth.

Ridgewood Barbecue, Bluff City, TN

  • Tucked unassumingly in a hillside on a side road in Northeast, Tennessee, under a canopy of trees, and operating for generations without a website (what?!), is one of the most glorious BBQ experiences you will ever…experience. Walk in the door, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a place and time that hasn’t existed for years. What’s amazing is, they don’t do that on purpose. It’s not an act. It’s country, traditional cooking, and run by a bunch of aunties and grandmothers who call you honey and sugar. Come for the pulled pork and baked beans, stay for the fresh cut fries dipped in otherworldly, homemade bleu cheese dressing.

These are our pitstops.

But, this Father’s Day, just remember, even if you never get that getaway…

Love on your family.

Us Brothers are all Orlando boys (even though we now call Charleston and Tennessee home, our hearts - and many family members - are still there). As we mourn the painful loss our city has suffered, it just reminds us how important it is to invest in family…invest in time…invest in love.

Happy Father’s Day, dads. Journey well!

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We were thrilled for the opportunity to be sponsored by Ford Motor Company on this road-trip project!