My favorite Ethiopian restaurants are the places that are one part eatery, one part community center (complete with things like satellite TV channels from Ethiopia), so that you can get a sense of Ethiopian culture and of life in the local community. (In other words, not very Americanized, and occasionally a bit unpolished about the edges.) The first time I went to Habesha, the server informed me which dishes were available that night, since there wasn't a printed menu (!). I promptly ordered the excellent veggie combo, which boasted a larger than usual number of selections, including multiple takes on hot and mild lentils, gomen, potatoes, salad, and a red vegetable mix that's reminiscent of beets. I've also had a mildly spiced lamb dish (with a wat-type flavor, though not the heat) at Habesha, which was quite good. Habesha is in the location once occupied by Fasika, near North Park mall and the big Half-Price Books just east of 75. Shadybrook is only a few blocks long, so I'd recommend getting an online map before you head out.
3100 Carlisle StDallas, TX 75204
I cannot say enough about Zephys. They have been a place my friends and I have been visiting for 5 years. Ray the manager is top notch and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He runs that place very well, which is one of the reason why it has been a landmark on Greenville Ave. The huge patio is the best in Dallas. They keep out the rift-raft and the there are always a a ton more women then men. The music is top 40 with rock and pop..non of the thug rap.
I went to Aura lounge saturday last week. It was rockin, I've never heard a DJ that was so good. We danced all night. The vibe was awesome from the door to the barstaff. We ended up getting bottle service and enjoyed every minute. Our waitress was very attentive and hot. I would recommend Aura as the place to go in Dallas if you want good service and good looking people. I go out atleast twice a week and none of these other bottle service bars compare!!