Dec 17, 2021 - Food and Drink

Tito's Lounge brings Balkan dishes to Urbandale

The exterior of Tito's Lounge in Urbandale.

Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Tito's Lounge opened in Urbandale last month and it has a Mediterranean-inspired menu that makes it especially worthy of a visit.

State of play: Owner Haris Zuljevic opened his first restaurant in Bosnia at the age of 16, he told us this week.

  • He moved to Iowa in 2013 to join some of his family. Tito's marks his first American restaurant.

What I ate: A beef skewer ($13), which was made up of grilled tenderloin, bell peppers, onions and tomatoes drizzled in a teriyaki sauce.

  • Fries and grilled flatbread come on the side along with ajvar, which is a red pepper and eggplant relish.

Thought bubble: The meat was tender and nicely caramelized on the outside. The ajvar added a tangy sweetness to the bread that pairs well with the skewer. Yum.

Other notable menu items: Fried calamari strips ($12), quinoa-crusted firecracker shrimp ($12) and a Bosnian charcuterie board ($25) that includes smoked beef prosciutto, kulen sausage, cheeses, olives and crackers.

  • A full bar includes signature drinks like the Balkanita ($8), a margarita made with a Bosnian pear rakija.

Open: Mon.-Thurs., 10am-11pm; Fri.- Sat., 10am-2am; Sun. 10am-10pm.

  • Kitchen hours: Daily, 11am-10pm.
  • 3916 NW Urbandale Dr., Urbandale

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