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Check out the 5 top spots in Cincinnati's Northside neighborhood

Visiting Northside, or just looking to better appreciate what it has to offer? Get to know this Cincinnati neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a gastropub to a record shop.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Northside, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. The Littlefield

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Topping the list is cocktail bar, gastropub and New American spot The Littlefield. Located at 3934 Spring Grove Ave., it's the highest rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 186 reviews on Yelp.

On the dinner menu, choose from the smoked pork shoulder sandwich with pineapple, tomatillo marmalade, salsa verde and Oaxacan cheese on a ciabatta; chicken pot pie with roasted vegetables and rosemary shortbread; or the half pound beef burger with pepper jack, bacon, pickles, red onion and lettuce on a challah bun. This spot is also known for its cocktails and extensive whiskey list. (Here's the full menu.)

2. Melt Eclectic Cafe

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Next up is cafe, breakfast, brunch and traditional American spot Melt Eclectic Cafe, situated at 4100 Hamilton Ave. With four stars out of 493 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.

Melt serves sandwiches, flatbreads and wraps with a choice of aside salad, redskin potatoes, superfood slaw or chips and house-made salsa. The Sunday Brunch menu includes egg combos, french toast and salads. The spot also has many vegetarian and vegan options. (The entire menu can be found here.)

3. Bridges

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Himalayan/Nepalese and Asian fusion spot Bridges is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 4165 Hamilton Ave., 4.5 stars out of 144 reviews.

Bridges offers a unique menu of South Asian cuisine. It includes Indian and Nepalese dishes like chicken tikka masala, grilled marinated mushrooms or aloo wala (potatoes marinated in Nepali spices, served chilled). BYOB if you want to imbibe during dinner.  

4. Higher Gravity

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Higher Gravity, a sports bar with beer and wine, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with five stars out of 52 Yelp reviews. Head over to 4106 Hamilton Ave. to see for yourself.

This spot is serious about beer, serving more than 500 varieties. You can bring in your growler or buy one on site and fill it up at one of 12 rotating taps. Show up on Thursday for "Meet the Brewery" night, where patrons can learn about local breweries and feel good about 10 percent of sales going to charity. (Here's the beer list.)

5. Shake It Records

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Finally, check out Shake It Records, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 126 reviews on Yelp. You can find the record store, which also offers books, CDs and DVDs, at 4156 Hamilton Ave.

Shake It Records has been open for almost 20 years. According to the website,  the store stocks more than 25,000 titles on vinyl and 15,000 titles on CD. They may have that 90s pop hit you are looking for, but it specializes in independent labels and more obscure artists.