First Look at First Printer

Fried gator? Frog legs? Steamed mudbugs? We must be in… Harvard Square.

(Mudbugs are crawfish, by the way.)

It was my first time at First Printer, the new restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Herrell’s Ice Cream. The vault is still there, but gone are the colorful murals (and sadly, the ice cream). In its place is sleek red walls and exposed brick, plus a large bar in the middle. The menu is filled with Southern-inspired dishes – from shrimp and grits, to Texas brisket, to seafood gumbo. And the swamp bowl, which included the fried gator.

Seriously, fried alligator!

How did it taste? Not like chicken. More like… pork. I felt like I was eating a pork rib. A slightly tough but tasty pork rib. And the frog legs didn’t taste like chicken, either. It tasted more like fish/seafood. I liked the gator better than the frog.

As for the mudbugs – well, I didn’t want to get my manicured hands dirty, because that s**t cray(fish)! Sorry, I couldn’t help it. I don’t know when else I can include a Jay-Z/Kanye reference while linking to a Real Housewives link (from that episode where Vicki had a Cajun themed party). Did I tell you guys that I was at the Watch the Throne concert a few months ago and we had floor seats? We were about 10 feet away from Jay and Kanye at one point. And Kanye looked straight at me while he was singing Heartless. True story. I didn’t talk to him for days after that.

But I digress.

First Printer also has some good libations: draft beers, lots of bourbon, small-batch wine, and cocktails, but I wasn’t feeling that great that night and instead sipped on water (fun!). My friend Mike, who has been my regular date lately, ordered a Chimay.

We tried a couple of pasta dishes for dinner:

The Wild Boar Carbonara with smoked gouda and spring peas was a little bit too salty for me (and to think I like salt). I think next time I am craving carbonara I will just peruse Daisy’s blog for some North End recommendations.

The Seafood Pesto Pasta, on the other hand, was perfectly seasoned and chock-full of shrimp, scallops, crab, and mussels.

For dessert, we tried the chocolate strawberry shortcake. Obviously we were trying to eat healthy that night.

I liked my first experience at First Printer. Our server was really nice and attentive, and the place is warm and welcoming. I would like to come back and try other items on the menu, particularly the grits, the crab cake po boy, and the cajun broiled striped bass. Most probably not all at the same time, though.

As for the Swamp Bowl, I think I prefer hog wings over alligator and frog legs. But I sure am glad I can tell people that I had fried gator!

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See my favorite dishes at this restaurant on Tasted Menu


23 Responses to “First Look at First Printer”

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    Daisy posted March 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    i’ve had fried gator in florida! good stuff. I’d love to check this place out and try all the aforementioned menu items – minus the carbonara ;) (thanks for the shout-out!) Also – excellent pictures!

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    Megan posted March 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    It sounds like you tried some interesting things. I walked by that space when it was still under construction and was wondering what it would turn out like.

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    Rhonda posted March 22, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I love trying new things, so I would have gone with the gator too. Your date chose a delicious beer also!

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    Joanne posted March 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I’ve always wanted to try a real authentic cajun meal, but I’m not sure that it lends itself very well to vegetarianism. Sounds like a tasty meal!

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    Meghan posted March 22, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Very interesting menu! Looks like a fun place to try new things!

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    Samantha Angela posted March 22, 2012 at 8:48 am

    This place sounds SO cool. Gator? Crayfish? Wild Boar? Those are some interesting protein choices.

    Also, having Kanye sing to you is cool regardless of the song and regardless of the fact that he’s a douche-canoe.

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    Michelle posted March 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

    This looks like a very fun menu! I think B would love this place!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted March 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I’m excited to try this place — I love that they serve chimay in the appropriate glasses (I’m easy to please!). The dessert looks incredible!

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    Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves posted March 22, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I’m from south Louisiana and have eaten all of those things, naturally. My favorite, by far, is crawfish. It may be because I’m not crazy about fried foods (except fried gulf shrimp from my mamma’s kitchen). Crawfish are like tiny, little, spicy, much more flavorful lobster. :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Perfect description of crawfish! More adorable than lobster too :)

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted March 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    The menu sounds interesting/scary (not sure which), but it seems to be worth a try! I always love when fun new restaurants open in the area!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted March 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    What a crazy fun menu! I definitely will have to head over to try it out and attempt to be adventuresome!

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    meesh posted March 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    haven’t heard of this! looks awesome. i tried frog legs for the first time recently and liked them WAY more than i thought i would.

    i don’t like the name though, they might as well call it fedex/kinkos

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    Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) posted March 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    looks like an awesome meal! i’ve never had fried gator, but i definitely want to try now!

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    Dan posted March 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I’m with Kanye on this one, seriously though, how could you be so heartless???

    Also, frog legs are gross. Gator sounds better.

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Well you and Kanye can go eat some gator together!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) posted March 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    The place looks great! I never tried gator when we were in NOLA so I’d be up for giving it a go and I love the idea of a chocolate strawberry shortcake. Everything is better with chocolate! :D

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    Alaina posted March 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    That’s cool, that there’s a southern restaurant in Harvard Square now. I’ll have to check it out before David and I move! :-)

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    MelissaNibbles posted March 23, 2012 at 4:53 am

    If only they had fish fillet then you could get married at the maaaalll…..

    I definitely need to check this place out. I love trying new things and fried gator would definitely be new for me!

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    Elizabeth posted March 23, 2012 at 9:20 am

    That pasta looks awesome. I’m sad Herrell’s is gone, but FP looks pretty good.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted March 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Wow! And I considered myself adventurous, haha! I’ve never tried this but it does look delicious. Thanks for sharing! Also, I’m having a great giveaway today with four potential prize winners, so you should enter!

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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} posted March 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Oh I can’t wait to try this place! I have been jonesing for some southern food. And I’ll admit, I love gator….but it has to be cooked right or it will be tough…case in point :)

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    Molly Galler posted April 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Your Jay/Kanye reference was hilarious! Bravo, Bianca. This food is a bit too adventurous for me, but glad you enjoyed! I love the fork and spoon shapes cut out of the powdered sugar on the dessert plate. Very clever.

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