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Pete's Breakfast House Restaurant Review: Pete’s Breakfast House was not named for its co-owner, Peter Timpson. He and his wife, Lyndsay, bought the place in 2003 from Peter Ransom, who spent decades establishing the eatery as one of Ventura’s favorites. Why mess with a good thing? Especially when your name’s already on the sign. Indeed, the Timpsons kept the same menu, the same recipes and the same employees, many of whom have been working here since the '80s. But character only goes so far; quality food is the main draw for loyal patrons. Fluffy biscuits are baked daily and smothered in homemade gravy. Fresh buttermilk is used in the pancakes and waffles. For something different, try the "panblintzo," an American breakfast version of traditional Jewish blintzes: two thin pancakes are rolled around strawberry jam (made in-house and available by the jar) and cottage cheese, then topped with sour cream and seasonal berries. The name belies an extensive lunch menu of sandwiches, salads and burgers. Guy Fieri showcased the restaurant on his Food Network show in 2012, but that’s done little to increase its popularity. The line has been out the door for decades.