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Sep 28, 2009 11:25 AM

The Old World Resturants Veggie Burger Recipe! (moved from L.A. board)

The recipe goes back to the peak of the health food movement some 20 years ago, when Dr. Robert Frank, a prominent Los Angeles dentist, opened Old World restaurant in an attempt to help teach consumers how to eat well nutritionally. The burger was a development of the idea that even burgers can and should be healthful. These vegetable burgers contain assorted nutrient-dense vegetables, nuts, eggs and even corn flakes for a nutrient-packed meal-in-a-dish, served either as a hamburger, topped (or not) with tomato and cheese on a sesame bun or plain with baked potato and fruit. Thank you, Old World.
1 carrot
1 stalk celery
1 green pepper
1/2 small onion
1/4 head broccoli
1/4 head cauliflower
1 bunch spinach
1 zucchini
Salt, pepper
1/2 cup walnuts
5 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3 cups dry corn flake cereal
Chop carrot in food chopper or food processor. Add celery, green pepper, onion, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and zucchini. Chop into small pieces.
Mix in salt and pepper to taste, walnuts, eggs, Worcestershire and corn flakes. Mix until thick.
Shape into 3- to 3 1/2-inch burgers about 1-inch thick. Cook on griddle, in nonstick pan or under broiler 5 minutes, turning once until golden brown. Makes 12 patties.
Note: Burgers may also be pan-fried in small amount of butter. Mixture is best shaped in the pan, as it falls apart easily.

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  1. Nancy: I never heard of the New World Restaurant and then I remembered that I moved away from L.A. in 1982...more than 20 years ago. Where was it? I'd be fascinated to learn more about it.

    Thanks for the veggie burger recipe.

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    1. re: oakjoan

      It was located on the Sunset Strip about a half block east of Book Soup. I think the Old World Restaurant had its beginnings in the 1960s or 70s They had a huge menu which you can view by accessing the menus database here:

      Old World also had a beef & cheddar burger called the Swingerburger that was extremely popular. I may still have the recipe and, if so, can post it if anyone is interested.

      1. re: Sam D.

        may i add an update to the info on all of this :)...JIM BAKER AND ELAINE BAKER started THE OLD WORLD rest. on sunset blvd in Hollywood in the 60's....they already had the famous AWARE INN down the street. Jim ended up giving the Aware Inn to Elaine in their parting agreement...but Jim retained the Old World with Elaine having a percent and shares...then Jim sold his percent/shares to Dr. Franks and he moved on and open the famous SOURCE RESTAURANT DOWN THE STREET ON SUNSET BLVD. JIM HAD already paved the way for what Dr.franks stepped into and they were also good friends. Jim Baker was a Hollywood legend in his time and a Food Guru to how he got left out of not being mentioned as having anything to do with the Old World is beyond me :) Most of the recipes were Jim and Elaine until the Source where Jim started it then as others came aboard they added to the menu..this was when Jim became Father Yod and formed a communal family of 150 living in Hollywood hills and known as Father to the family group now being called the Brotherhood of the Source ...anyhow it all makes for a good and interesting story of the 60's and 70's....isis aquarian

        1. re: isissource

          I worked for Dr. Franks at the LaJolla store and Palm Springs, He was quite a character. I loved him dearly! I wonder what happened to his friend and employee Rene?? Would love to find him. Sorry I lost contact with the Dr when I moved back to Minnesota. He always said I came from good stock....LOL He was my buddy :-)))

        2. re: Sam D.

          on the the heck did you find anything? i tried to put in the old world rest. the source name it and nothing could be found

          1. re: Sam D.

            I would love any recipes from the Old World Restaurant. My friend and I spent many hours sitting at the restaurant, drinking a good cup of coffee and savoring their delicious cheesecake! The waiters were friendly and very tolerant of two young girls hanging out for a few hours.

            1. re: Sam D.

              I could''t find the menu at this website????

            2. re: oakjoan

              Used be on Sunset Blvd in LA and Prospect Street in La Jolla and the main street in Palm Springs. I forget the name of the street. Dr. Robert Franks used to own it. He was a dentist that had a lot of movie stars as patients. Even Frank Sinatra! He was a sweet man.

              1. re: oakjoan

                There was also one in Westwood Village, as I recall.

                1. re: acgold7

                  Yes there was one in Westwood. I went there a couple of times but didn't love it as much as the one on Sunset....I wish Dr. Franks had published a cookbook. I didn't know that the Aware Inn was theirs too. My husband and I went there often.

                  1. re: artloverlincoln

                    artloverlincoln....would love to hear some of your memories of that time if you me at :) isis aquarian

              2. not to be a buzz kill, but doesn't worcestershire sauce make it not vegetarian?

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                1. re: kubasd

                  I have a veg version in my fridge, do you want the make/model?

                2. Hi Nancy, Do you happen to remember their hot cereal/oatmeal? It was sooo good. Chris

                  1. does anyone remember the swinger burger from the old world that jim baker created ? it had walnuts and somethng else in it ?

                    1. I tried this recipe because it was suppose to be the real recipe from the Old World Resturant. It was good but what I remember it tasting like at the restaurant. So I will continue to search for the real things.