Tadd Mullinix’s Ann Arbor Favorites
We recently chatted with Tadd Mullinix—Ghostly artist of many aliases, including Dabrye and JTC (whose new 12” Valley Road (We Are 1)is out now)—about some of his favorite haunts in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he has resided for a number of years. Michigan locals, be sure to let us know some of your favorites in the comments and dear reader, if you haven’t yet visited Ann Arbor, you now have a shortlist of cant-miss stops.
(All photos courtesy our good man David Riva, Ghostly Songs)
Favorite record shop
Ha. Encore Records. I have to say, I’m a little biased but, honestly, Encore has the largest and most diverse used vinyl and CD selection in town. Lately Encore has been stocking excellent reissues and obscure new music on wax. The owners are super cool guys and once employees of the previous owner, Peter Dale, who has been a massive inspiration for me.
Favorite book shop
Dawn Treader is a great used book shop. Unfortunately, after Shaman Drum closed, there haven’t been great browsing options for me in town. News broke recently that a new independent bookstore, Literati, will be open this spring. Sounds promising!
Favorite shop in general
Biercamp is my favorite A2 shop in general. They specialize in cured deli meats, jerky, sausage, pate, and bacon. This small business is run by a couple from Traverse City. They serve excellent smoked pulled pork sliders during lunchtime which you can pair with local pickle flavored potato chips or specialty soda.
Favorite coffee joint
Comet coffee is probably Ann Arbor’s best coffee. They find the best beans and you can choose from a variety of preparations like syphon and pour-over. They also have supplies for the home-brewing enthusiast.
Favorite restaurant / food joint
Grange Kitchen And Bar specializes in farm-to-table and nose-to-tail dining and sustainable local ingredients. Some of my favorite dishes are duck scotch egg and duck confit putine but, seriously, one can’t go wrong. Chef Brandon clearly knows his stuff.
Favorite place to get inspired
I love to cook so my favorite spot for inspiration is Zingerman’s Delicatessen. Here I find the most spectacular ingredients, hand picked by their informed staff. With imported oils, artisanal meats, cheeses, obscure spices and condiments it’s pretty easy to find great ideas.
Huron River Drive is where I can cycle or ride and think. On a nice day people kayak on the river and one can see deer in the forest. It’s quiet and serene. Perfect for reflecting or listening to music.
Favorite destination for a day trip
I love biking on the border to border (B2B) trail. It links some of Ann Arbor’s beautiful parks almost all the way out to Ypsilanti. There are a few canoe liveries that one can go to for a date and have a casual drift down the Huron river.
Best keep secret / unknown gem
To me, a gem in Ann Arbor is the UM Law Quad. It’s breathtakingly beautiful architecture. I consider our public library to be a gem, too. They are always working on providing new things for us to borrow. A recent example of that is their musical instrument collection.