Small Bite at First Printer
The Harvard Square restaurant has a great old-school tavern feel, curiously Cajun food, and a bit of an identity crisis.
The Vibe: This Harvard Square restaurant pays homage to the spaceâ€™s history-making prior occupant: the countryâ€™s first printing press. The menu is divided into sections such as â€śAdvance Copyâ€ť (appetizers) and â€śFirst Editionâ€ť (soups and salads). Exposed-brick walls, a large bar, and burnished wooden booths give the place a warm, tavernlike feel.
The Food: Despite the old- timey printing and bank references, the food, curiously, is Cajun. Lobster hush puppies ($7, pictured) simply tasted like fried balls of sweet cornbread, while the Cajun striped bass ($22) came with an odd â€ścitrus salsaâ€ť made from cubes of melon. The gumbo ($24), meanwhile, was bland, even with the big helping of shrimp, scallops, and andouille sausage.
The Verdict: First Printer is having an identity crisis â€” it wants to be an old-school tavern, but serves Bayou-inspired fare. Itâ€™s got a great backstory. The food just isnâ€™t making headlines yet.
First Printer, 15 Dunster St., Cambridge, 617-497-0900, thefirstprinter.com.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/05/restaurant-review-first-printer/