Dinner around Dupont Circle
I 2nd Mark and Orlandos. If you are in the mood for some tasty seafood you can check out Hank's Oyster Bar.
For a menu with a little something for everyone you can try the new Hudson's.
Tabard Inn is also a nice suggestion on a colder day like today.
And for good sushi in a casual setting I suggest Sakana on P St.
Btw, where is Paula Dean going to be?
I guess you are from Baltimore... If you are not satisfied with your pizza selections up there, you might want to try an Atomica at Pizzeria Paradiso (P St west of the Circle). World Class. Or if you are looking for some unique Indian "street food' then I suggest ordering the patra, chaat pari, and the gobi masalam at Heritage India ( Connecticut south of Dupont Circle). Or just go on down to Singapore Bistro (19th below M) and choose one of their simple but very satisfying noodle and bean sprout dishes.