Oscar is Oscar Martinez, the longest tenured Disneyland Resort cast member. He joined the company Dec. 29, 1956, and has been a Disneyland mainstay for 54 years – and at Carnation Café since 1967!
Oscar’s Choice – scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, Oscar’s potatoes, a croissant and your choice of bacon or sausage with fresh fruit — is served daily for breakfast, made by the eponymous “Oscar” himself five mornings a week.
Once his world-famous potatoes are made, Oscar greets and seats guests on the restaurant’s patio, occasionally posing for photos with guests.
We asked Oscar a few questions:
- Favorite Disneyland attraction? “it’s a small world.”
- Favorite Disneyland restaurant? “Blue Bayou.” (He said he misses the pot roast they used to serve).
- Did you ever meet Walt? “Unfortunately, no. Though I saw him in the park, I never had the opportunity to speak with him.” Once, he said, he saw Walt at Carnation Plaza Gardens looking at the on-stage umbrellas, including one that was a different color than all the rest. Oscar said he heard Walt say: “Get that one outta’ here!”
Happily, we share Oscar’s yummy recipe.
Serves 4 to 6
1 large white onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
4 tablespoons butter, divided
2 pounds red potatoes, thinly sliced
Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Sauté onions in 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat until translucent; remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan, add remaining butter and potatoes and sauté until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Combine the onions and potatoes in an ovenproof casserole dish; cover with foil and make small slits for ventilation. Bake 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Serve hot.