Food Writer

Devra First

Devra First is the Globe’s food writer and restaurant critic. She writes features about the world of food, restaurant reviews, and critical pieces exploring the cultural and societal meaning of food and restaurants.

First has worked at the Globe as a writer and editor since 2000. She was previously the Globe’s food editor. She has also served as assistant arts editor in the Globe’s Living/Arts department and worked at the Boston Phoenix (RIP). First is originally from New York.

Latest stories

What are local chefs’ favorite restaurants?

By , Globe Staff

They’re not looking for elaborate tasting menus. They want simplicity, seasonality, and soul. (And sushi. Lots of sushi.)

Quick Bite

Black Lamb is a rare beast: Equal parts elegance and comfort

By , Globe Staff

The new South End spot is from the team behind Bar Mezzana, Shore Leave, and No Relation.

What She’s Having | Devra First

At Oleana in Cambridge, leaving a perfect night to chance

By , Globe Staff

The patio is an enchanted place, but you can’t reserve a table. May fortune smile upon you.


Birth of the cool: The story behind the ice cream sandwich, an icon at 120

By , Globe Staff

At 120, the ice cream sandwich has seen its share of reinvention. But it’s perfect the way it is.