Why: Getta Gyro offers authentic, made-to-order gyro sandwiches and homemade baklava from its drive-thru kiosk seven days a week.
You may recognize the name Pop-a-Bak from the Camas Farmer’s Market; it was started back in 2004 by the Barals family. In 2009, they added Gyros to their market offerings and in December opened Getta Gyro.
Atmosphere: The kiosk is all of 6 feet by 10 feet. Trimmed in royal blue with a white border synonymous with Greek design, you can’t miss it despite its small size on the landscape next to the 76 Village Vendor.
What I Tried: I decided on the Vegetarian Gyro, to which I had the standard onions omitted and peppercinis added, and I sampled a Traditional Gyro. I also tried the Baklava.
The vegetarian gyro includes hummus, bell peppers, and Kalamata olives, along with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce. The traditional gyro had a reasonable portion of meat (a mix of lamb and beef) in addition to the lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, onions and tzatziki sauce.
I found both sandwiches to be very fresh and I was impressed with the soft quality of the pita bread used to make them. Oftentimes, pita bread is somewhat tough around the edge but not in this case. The vegetarian gyro had a generous amount of hummus in it.
If you’ve never had a traditional gyro sandwich and are wondering what the combination of beef and lamb tastes like, I will say it reminds me, ever so slightly, of turkey pastrami — if that helps.
The baklava was deliciously sweet and delicate — a must-have if you visit Getta Gyro.
Menu Highlights Beyond what I tried: There is a Chicken Gyro, as well as a Deluxe and Supreme. The difference between the deluxe and the supreme is the deluxe has double the meat of your choice and the supreme offers the fillings of the vegetarian plus your choice of meat.
Chips, canned soda, and water is available as well.
Other Observations: After the super-friendly service and the tidy kiosk, what you see is what you get -- a straightforward favorite of Greek cuisine, simple and fresh.
Cost: The Traditional, the Chicken, and the Vegetarian Gyro are $5.25. The Deluxe Gyro with double meat is $7.25, as is the Gyro Supreme. A two-piece serving of Baklava is $1.75.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Telephone: 360-891-7112. Where: 118 S.E. 164th Ave., Vancouver.
Health Score: Getta Gyro has received a pre-opening inspection and is scheduled for a routine inspection in the near future. Zero is a perfect score, and Clark County Public Health closes restaurants with a score of 100 or higher. For information, call 360-397-8428.