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

Dining Out

This is what an Irish pub should look like circa 2019

By , Globe Staff

The James in Needham serves modern food and a good old-fashioned welcome.


19 food predictions for 2019

By , Globe Staff

At the start of this new year, it’s time to look ahead. What’s in store for the world of food and restaurants? We predict more mocktails, closings, tahini, and women in charge — but maybe less sitting.

Quick Bite

West Roxbury gets a new pita parlor

By , Globe Staff

At Bonapita, the warm, puffy bread is baked in house, and you’ll find sandwiches, salads, and rice plates from a Johnson & Wales-trained chef.


After 40 years, the Back Bay restaurant L’Espalier is closing

By , Globe Staff

Synonymous with fine dining in Boston, the restaurant helped usher in the farm-to-table movement and introduce the city to a new level of service.