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


A first visit to Rochambeau, Back Bay’s sprawling new French cafe/restaurant/bar

By , Globe Staff

Where to go for lobster frites and a thumping beat.

A fine seafood restaurant, hidden in the weeds

By , Globe Staff

Chris Parsons is a talented seafood chef, probably one of the city's best. He ran Catch for years in Winchester. I loved his follow-up, Parsons Table, which served a trout dish I remember vividly nearly a decade later. He has long promised to open Catch's second coming in a more-central location, and now here it is.

Quick Bite

At Family Affair in Dorchester, an opera singer serves up fried chicken and red velvet waffles

By , Globe Staff

Family Affair, started by a former BPS teacher and musician, brings soul food and Caribbean cooking to Dorchester’s Uphams Corner.

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Coco & the Cellar Bar is at the center of Easthampton’s culinary explosion

By , Globe Staff

Why does this little restaurant with the eclectic menu get so much attention?