Six months is usually considered the earliest a new restaurant, bar or coffeeshop can receive a fair review. Each month, Metro spotlights five of the newest places we think are worth a look-see.

Dunkin Donuts
5519 Snell Ave, San Jose.
This location marks DD’s return to the South Bay after a nearly 20-year absence. East Coast ex-pats wax poetic about DD’s crullers, Munchkins (donut holes) and hot coffee. Personally, I’ve found their cold brew to be quite good, and who can complain about donuts and java from a drive-thru?

Naglee Park Garage
505 E San Carlos St, San Jose.
This neighborhood gem has recently been reopened by Farmers Union owner—and Naglee Park resident—Mark Ostrowski. They now have table service, as opposed to the counter service of the past, and a fresh, seasonal menu featuring seafood options, like their mango shrimp ceviche ($12) and spicy skillet prawns ($14). And they still serve their acclaimed burger ($14).

Mingle’s Mango 
5278 Monterey Hwy, San Jose.
South San Jose may not be front-of-mind for local diners looking for authentic Asian eats, but that’s about to change. Mingle’s Mango features an amazing array of handmade Chinese steamed dumplings—xiaolongbao (a.k.a. the XLB). They include the ubiquitous pork ($7.95 for seven), lamb and fish ($13.95 for seven), and a dessert XLB ($4.25 for two) with chocolate and hazelnuts.

Out of the Barrel
1875 S Bascom Ave, Campbell.
The Pruneyard continues to up its game with this new taproom. Out of the Barrel plans to showcase two or three craft breweries a month by featuring up to six of each of their beers. They’ll also have some other rotating suds on tap to help them decide which breweries to feature next. They don’t serve food, but they encourage patrons to bring in their own to enjoy while sipping.

2650 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose.
Yet another entrant in the South Bay’s burgeoning Louisiana crawfish scene, Neptune also serves lobster and two types of crab: Dungeness and king crab legs. Their four sauces—garlic butter, lemon pepper, Cajun and sweet-and-spicy—are each available in four levels of heat. Time your visit to enjoy their happy hour (Tue-Sun, 2pm-7pm), and chow down on $2 beer and $2 oysters.