Oscar’s Choice: All-American Breakfast @ Carnation Cafe

Price: $12.00

When: December 12, 2017, 8:55 AM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Recommended

Bryce, Sharon and I are at the Carnation Cafe for breakfast. We’ve ordered some Steel-Cut Oatmeal for the table, but now it’s main-event time. Individual entrees.

Much as I’m tempted by Apple-Granola Pancakes or Eggs Benedict, in my heart there’s really only one correct, appropriate choice for breakfast at Carnation: “Oscar’s Choice: All-American Breakfast.”

This dish is named in honor of Oscar Martinez, a Disneyland cast member of more than 60(!) years. He retired in September 2017, after starting work at the park in 1956. This makes the dish feel like Disney history on a plate.

I order. Since it’s an “All-American Breakfast” it’s your standard eggs + meat + bread arrangement. The Friendly Cast Member asks me how I want the eggs (scrambled, please), meat (bacon, please) and toast (sourdough, please). She smiles, clicks her pen, and vanishes.

The dish arrives. It’s a healthy amount of egg, a generous amount of potato, and a few slices of bacon. It’s garnished with orange and strawberry.

I dig in.

This is wonderful.

The eggs are light and fluffy. The potatoes are well-cooked, lightly fried, and not too oily. The bacon is perfect. The sourdough is fairly standard, but comes pre-buttered on one side, which is nice.

This is a classic, and it’s a classic for a reason: quality. Oscar might have retired, but this dish continues to soldier on. Get it.