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


No more No Name or Top of the Hub? Maybe it’s not so bad.

By , Globe Staff

We don’t have to go into mourning every single time a long-lived restaurant goes out of business. Sometimes those lights should go out. Sometimes it's just time.

The decade in dining

By , Globe Staff

A look back at the technology, trends, and tastes that shaped what we ate in the 2010s.


At Woods Hill Pier 4, farm-to-table with a water view

By , Globe Staff

The menu has changed from the Anthony’s days. The scenery hasn’t.


A diner’s guide to Providence

By , Globe Staff

There may be no better way to get a flavor of the city than through its restaurants. Here is where to eat.