Didn't see this posted here already... but I took note of the following post from "cabrales" at eGullet. Lots of chow favorites in the list!:
The January 2003 edition of Boston Magazine includes the following descriptions of Boston chefs' favorite Boston restaurants:
-- Ken Oringer of Clio: "If you could eat at only one restaurnat in town, where would it be and what would you order? Blue Ginger, anything on the menu. What are your favorite restaurants in Boston? For Mediterrean, Oleana. For Asian, Oishii. For Latin, Taqueria Cancun. For seafood, Imperial Seafood. For breakfast, I'll go to Chau Chow City for dim sum. For takeout, Santarpio's Pizza."
-- Michael Schlow of Radius: No. 9 Park for Mediterranean; New Shanghai, Jumbo Seafood, Sichuan Garden in Bookline, Penang, and Pho Pasteur for Asian. Jasper White's Summer Shack for seafood. Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe for breakfast.
-- Frank McClelland of L'Espalier: For only one restaurant, dining in the North End, particularly Antico Forno. Favorites include Sel de la Terre (affiliate) for Mediterranean, Oishi for Asian, Cafe Brazil in Allston for Latin; Woodman's for seafood; Agawam Diner for breakfast; Red-Bones for takeout.
-- Ana Sortun of Oleana: Casablanca for Mediterranean; Farm Grill in Newton for Greek. Tacos Lupita for Latin. Mike's City Diner for breakfast. Formaggio Kitchen for takeout.
-- Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger: Likes Sweet Basil in Needham and Blue Room and blu. Likes Brioche at the Berkeley in Wellesley for breakfast. Likes also Oga's Japanese Cuisine in Natick, Oishii in Chestnut Hill, Sashimi Bar at Clio (that Sashimi Bar is very good, although relatively expensive).
-- Gordon Hamersley of Hamersley's Bistro: For one restaurant/one dish: Rialto for duck; Franklin Cafe for chicken livers; New Shanghai for steamed chicken. For favorite restaurants, Oleana for Mediterranean. Oishii Too in Sudbury for Asian. Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe for poached eggs, home fries, sausage and English muffin. Flour Bakery + Cafe for takeout.
-- Lydia Shire of Locke-Ober: No. 9 Park for Mediterreanena; Peach Farm, New Shanghai, China Pearl for Asian. Jasper White's Summer Shack for seafood. Ye Old Cottage in Weston for eggs over easy with doubt sausage patties.
-- Todd English of Olives: For Mediterranean, Oleana. For Asian, Jumbo Seafood, and China Pearl for dim sum. For Latin, Tacos El Charro in Jamaica Plain. For Dover sole and a great white Burgundy, Anthony's Pier 4. For breakfast, Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe.
-- Thomas John of Mantra: Oleana for Mediterranean. For Asian, Oishii. For Latin, Chez Henri.
-- Jody Adams of Railto: Hamersley's Bistro; Jasper White's Summer Shack