Finally stopped in Saturday afternoon around 1pm after accompanying my husband to his office in Santa Monica for a minor work emergency.
The place was decorated in white and pale blue, the colors of Greece and was very clean. It was empty when we arrived and the two servers were gracious and happy to see us. We chose our table and were brought ice water and a Greek beer for my husband (sorry I don't recall the name). Moments after sitting down another couple wandered in and some time after that two more people came in for lunch.
After looking over the menu and hearing the specials, I decided on the moussaka and my husband chose the deluxe gyro that is filled with both chicken and lamb. I've never been a big fan of lamb after a bad experience with some gamey lamb, but looked forward to trying his sandwich anyway. About ten minutes later, our meals arrived. The food smelled wonderful and looked quite appetizing. We both had greek salads and I had the lemon roasted potatos and my husband had the fries with his gyro. While my potatoes had too much lemon on them and were too bland, the fries were excellent. Wonderful kosher salt, fried just right and the oil was fresh. Very good.
My moussaka was good and definitely authentic, but not to my personal liking. This was due to the mint in the dish. Some moussaka has mint, some does not. I am terribly spoiled by a fantastic Greek cook in my hometown and I adore his moussaka. It's not that Mama Vaoula's moussaka is not good by any standards, I just like my friend Johnny's at his restaurant much better.
The deluxe gyro my husband ordered with the lamb and chicken delicious. Wow. I have been missing out on lamb. In fact, I haven't stopped thinking about this sandwich since Saturday. It's well worth the price. You'll be stuffed and wonderfully satisfied.
I can't wait to get back to Mama Vaoula's. There may be other wonderful things on the menu, but I'm not sure when I'll get to them. I need a gyro...with fries!