About Merrill Shindler


The “Golden Dine Out” is three week period of voting for your favorites in Orange County.  These three weeks give YOU the opportunity to dine out and vote at Chef Driven and/or independent restaurants. Each week of the “Golden Dine Out” offers different categories for you to vote on.  Stay connected with us on facebook so you can see who the nominees are when they are announced! The “Golden Foodie Awards” have been created for fellow “Food Enthusiast” that love real food.  At the end of each week during the Golden Dine Out the top three nominees of each category will be announced.

There are three categories that are determined and voted on by the local restaurant industry! Local Chefs and Restaurateurs cast their vote for the Golden Chef Award, Golden Pastry Chef Award and the Best New Restaurant.

All Winners are announced at the “Golden Foodie Awards” ceremony on September 28th at the beautiful Fairmont in Newport Beach.

Best Food Talk Radio Show – That’s right what show is delicious to listen too?


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Merrill Shindler is editor of the Los Angeles Zagat Survey, host of Fine Living: Critics on the Fine Living Network, restaurant critic for the Copley and San Gabriel Valley Newspapers, and host of a weekly program on how much fun it is to put things in your mouth on KABC Radio.
He’s written and spoken about his various oral fixations, both in America and abroad, for most of his adult life.  Beginning in the early ’70s as the Restaurant Critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian (a position that led, inexplicably, to three years as Music Editor at Rolling Stone), he’s written about livin’ large as Restaurant Critic for San Francisco Magazine, and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, along with covering the world of chow for the New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Diversion, Food Arts, Food & Wine and Bon Appetit. Bio continues below