A couple of you were nice enough to provide suggestions on where to eat while in town on business, so I thought I'd give some feed back. First, I got sucked into the Riverwalk scene... I couldn't see leaving the area for dining, unless there was a "can't be missed" opportunity.
Ate at Presidio. Food was fresh and of reasonable quality, but not interesting. No particular flavor seemed to be highlighted in anything. The service was fast, and semi-professional. Too fast really. My salad arrived before my drink!
Co-workers wanted to go to Casa del Rio, which much to chowhounders credit, was not on any list. It was the worst restaraunt experience I've had in ages. The food was TERRIBLE, as well as the service. I am still actually wondering if the server is retarded. He could not grasp that one my colleagues is a vegetarian. After a lenghty conversation with him, he still brought her a plate that had meat on it. I am very bummed, as this was the night I had planned on going to Budros...
Now, the good stuff. I did make a point of going to Biga. What a joy. Very good meal and fantastic service. If you go, ask for Gigi and Bruce (? - I think it was Bruce... too much wine). The wine list was nice, but could have been a bit "deeper." I'm not looking for super expensive bottles of wine, but I am looking for something special that I would not normally have, or be able to find. I started with a seared foie gras dish that was excellent. Texans do it right, because there was more foie gras on that plate than I've ever seen. I ate it all. The only "bad" thing was that the demi based sauce "broke" on the plate. Granted, mine always does too. I then had heirloom tomatoes with truffled goat cheese. The flavors were outstanding. The combination of the cheese (that was a highlight too... awesome stuff), tapenade, and tomatoe was mind boggling. However, the quality of tomatoes and greens on the plate left something to be desired. My entree was grilled deer and quail. The deer was amazing, and everything else on the plate was tasty, but not remarkable.
Bruce (?) had me sample a few Texas wines. Two were actually quite good. I went to two local shops to find a bottle take home to friends, but was stunned to see the prices. NOT WORTH IT.