I went with Taurus' PT92, the Beretta 92 clone.
I decided on Taurus instead of the Beretta because the Taurus is cheaper, and I like the safety on the frame better than on the slide.
I decided on a 92 (full-size with 5" barrel) because, being heavier it soaks up recoil better, it is more pointable (to me), and capacity is very nice (17+1).¬* I chose the stainless finish because its less maintenance.
Since I OC (or at least OWB) carry, the size is no hindrance.¬* (I'm 5'11" and medium build for your consideration, it may prove to be somewhat bulky for those of small stature).¬* The grip is kind of wide, but works well for me because of my big hands.¬* I can reach all controls easily, and the breakdown for cleaning requires no tools whatsoever.
At the range is has proven itself to be very reliable when using factory magazines (I have 3 aftermarkets that were cheap -- I found out why real quick).¬* Using factory magazines I can count the number of fail-to-feed/eject on one hand, and can attribute pretty much all of them to limp-wristing it (all but one happened to my wife).
Overall I am very pleased with it, and at typical self-defense distances the fixed sights seem to be reasonably well on target.
The one thing I have not done is tried multiple brands of JHP ammunition (I've only lobbed WWB downrange) -- a situation I intend to correct as soon as finances allow.