Best Of 2016

Best Cajun in Oakland County: Howe's Bayou

22848 Woodward Ave.; 248-691-7145;

This category would seem to be made for Howe's Bayou, which is chock-full of not just Louisiana-themed decor, but offers a menu packed with Cajun and Creole fare, including Gulf shrimp, Creole-style mussels, popcorn crawdads, Cajun-friend shrimp, crawfish cakes, alligator sausage, catfish, jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, Andouille-encrusted pan-fried oysters, and even a crawfish boil, It's authentic down to such desserts as peach cobbler, bread pudding, and Key lime pie.