Best Of 2016

Best Patio for Drinking in Oakland County: Imperial

22828 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-850-8060; imperialferndale.com

Like bugs to a mosquito zapper, we're drawn to Imperial's fresh, simple take on tacos, chips and salsa, hot dogs, and margaritas, all behind a clean, modern design with a mix of bar seating, booths, and communal tables. In the summer months, the restaurant's back patio provides an opportunity to drink tequila cocktails such as the habanero-infused Ring of Fire or one of dozens of bottled beers al fresco.