Brad McCurtain, owner of Others in Monument Square, took issue with Brian Duff's description of his lemon bars as "sort of gummy and the crust was pasty," in a review of various desserts earlier this month (see "Treat Yourself," September 12).
But - in a move we find ourselves eager to encourage in other restaurateurs who disagree with our reviews - McCurtain decided not to call and complain, and didn't opt to write us a letter, either. Rather, he cheerfully stopped by our office bearing gifts.
Specifically, he dropped off a check for $6.31 to honor his business's money-back guarantee. (How expensive are these lemon bars, anyway?) And he dropped off some lemon bars as well as a few chocolate-chip bars - about a dozen in all.
The general verdict here is that they're quite good. So perhaps McCurtain was right, and Duff got one from "a bad batch." (UPDATE: After getting more feedback, the final verdict is much closer to Brian's original description.)
Either way, we'll give Others credit for McCurtain's courage and creativity.