This weekend Mobile welcomes hundreds of musicians for SouthSounds Music Festival, the first showcase dedicated entirely to Southern talent. While you’re in town, don’t miss the chance to explore Mobile’s up-and-coming Lower Dauphin, or as locals call it: LoDa. Running one mile west from the waterfront, Dauphin Street cuts through the heart of Mobile. Along the way, it passes some of the city’s most historic spots, such as Cathedral Plaza and its 1850 Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and the oak-shaded Bienville Square.
These days, the area is undergoing a modern revitalization, thanks to locally owned eateries, bars, and art venues on the eastern edge of the street. Get acquainted with the ‘hood by stopping at these six spots.
1. Union. This recently opened Union features steaks and burgers, such as the Stockyard ($12). 659 Dauphin Street
2. The Haberdasher. Check out Prohibition-era specialty cocktails, such as La Salamanca with fresh lime ($9) at The Haberdasher. The bar hosts six SouthSounds bands tonight (4/12) and tomorrow night (4/13). 451 Dauphin Street
3. Urban Emporium. We love the works of local entrepreneurs that are showcased at the boutique. Starting tonight (4/12), the shop participates in the downtown “Shop the Unexpected” event, in which boutiques host sidewalk sales every Friday and Saturday through May 18. 260 Dauphin Street
4. Three Georges Candy Shop. This Mobile institution is known for its handmade pralines ($1.95/each). 226 Dauphin Street
5. Noja. Try the great grilled lamb loin ($15 for a small plate) at this popular Asian-Mediterranean spot. 6 North Jackson Street
6. Crescent Theater. Visit this independent theater that shows first-run features and classic films. 208 Dauphin Street