All of which pales in comparison to the true measurement of Carolina success: getting one's name on a sandwich at Chapel Hill's Four Corners restaurant. Recently, The Jordan—crab salad on pita with lettuce and tomato—took its place on the menu alongside the Sam-Wich, SMITHsonian, Big McAdoo, Fabulous Phil and Miller Filler. The Jordan started out to be—what else?—tongue, but that was too expensive. So now The Jordan is $3.75, and the Sam-Wich is $4.15. The Sam-Wich is grilled pastrami and ham with special sauce, hot mustard, sautéed onions, sprouts and melted provolone. One day Perkins came in to taste this monstrosity. A half hour later the honoree was still picking through the debris. "I don't know about these sprouts," Perkins said. "What are these sprouts?"
They're great, Sam. Remember? Everything's great.