Devra First

First is the restaurant critic and food reporter for the Globe. Prior to that, she was an editor in the Globe's Living/Arts department and a regular contributor to the Cheap Eats and Sauce columns. First attended Grinnell College in Iowa and grew up in New York. She currently lives in Boston.

Latest stories

dining out

Lexington’s Il Casale shows how difficult simple can be

By Devra First , Globe Staff

The Lexington follow-up to the Belmont restaurant has promise, but the food isn’t yet what it should be.

quick bite

Country-fried Fenway at Loretta’s Last Call

By Devra First , Globe Staff

The new country music-themed restaurant and bar from the Lyons Group offers a New England honky-tonk experience.

Devra First

Dear critic: You stink!

By Devra First , Globe Staff

Chef John Tesar tweeted a heated response to Dallas critic Leslie Brenner’s review of his new restaurant, Knife. But how does a critic react to such an occurrence?

A Restaurant’s Take

Scallops at Les Zygomates

By Devra First ,

At the French wine bar and bistro in the Leather District, scallops are a seared success.