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AAA's top-notch restaurants

The American Automobile Association not only recognizes Five Diamond award-winning hotels, but also holds restaurants to similarly high standards. Once a restaurant has earned AAA's most distinguished rating, it must work to keep it.

Here are AAA's Five Diamond restaurants for 2001. In parentheses are the number of consecutive years that restaurant has held its rating.

ARIZONA: Marquesa, in the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (10); Mary Elaine's, in the Phoenician, Scottsdale (2)

CALIFORNIA: The Belvedere, in the Peninsula Beverly Hills (6); the Dining Room, in the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point (1); L'Orangerie, Los Angeles (9); Erna's Elderberry House Restaurant, in the Chateau du Sureau, Oakhurst (5); the Dining Room, in the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco (5)

FLORIDA: The Grill, in the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (7); Victoria & Albert's, in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Lake Buena Vista (1); the Dining Room, in the Ritz-Carlton, Naples (2); the Restaurant at the Four Seasons, in the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach (6)

GEORGIA: The Dining Room, in the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, Atlanta (12)

HAWAII: La Mer, in the Halekulani, Honolulu (11); Seasons, in the Four Seasons Resort Maui, Wailea (1)

ILLINOIS: Ambria, in the Belden-Stratford, Chicago (13); Charlie Trotter's, Chicago (7); Everest, Chicago (5); Seasons Restaurant, in the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (1); Tru, Chicago (1); Le Francais, Wheeling (11)

KENTUCKY: The Oakroom, in the Seelbach Hilton Louisville (3)

LOUISIANA: The Grill Room, in the Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans (12)

MAINE: The White Barn Inn, Kennebunk Beach (9)

MASSACHUSETTS: Aujourd'hui, in the Four Seasons Hotel Boston (6); L'Espalier, Boston (2)

NEW JERSEY: The Dining Room at Short Hills, in the Hilton Short Hills (8)

NEW YORK: Aureole, New York City (4); Jean Georges Restaurant, New York City (3); Le Cirque 2000, in the New York Palace, New York City (4); Lespinasse, New York City (7); Daniel, New York City (2)

NORTH CAROLINA: The Fearrington House Restaurant, Fearrington Village (6)

PENNSYLVANIA: Fountain Restaurant, in the Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia (7); Le Bec-Fin, Philadelphia (13)

SOUTH CAROLINA: The Dining Room at Woodlands, in the Woodlands Resort & Inn, Summerville (5)

TEXAS: The French Room, in the Adolphus, Dallas (12); the Mansion on Turtle Creek Restaurant, Dallas (12)

VIRGINIA: Lemaire, in the Jefferson Hotel, Richmond (6); The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room, Washington (13); The Dining Room at Ford's Colony, Williamsburg (6)