Tito’s Lounge brings Balkan dishes to Urbandale

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

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

  • He moved to Iowa in 2013 to join part of his family. Tito’s marks its first American restaurant.

What I ate: A beef skewer ($13), made with grilled filet mignon, peppers, onions and tomatoes drizzled with teriyaki sauce.

  • Fries and toasted flatbread come with the 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 tart sweetness to the bread which goes 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 sausages, cheeses, olives and crackers.

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

Open: Monday-Thursday, 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-2am; Sun. 10am-10pm.

  • Kitchen hours: Every day, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • 3916 NW Urbandale Drive, Urbandale

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