The first Storm’s in Texas dates back to 1873 when my great-grandfather William Washington Storm built a stagecoach stop and post office in Wood County. I’m not sure the exact menu, but I expect my great-grandmother served up chicken fried steak and fresh catfish — much like we serve today.
But Storm’s Hamburgers and French Fries didn’t become famous until 1944 — the year I was born — when my father Jim Storm owned and operated a diner in San Antonio. Then in 1950, my family moved back to the Hill Country to open The Dairy Cue — a name we changed 20 years later to Storm’s.
We’re in our 50th year in that same location in Lampasas, as well as in Burnet and Hamilton. We’ve been around a long time and have seen many changes in the food industry. Change can be good, but in some areas we still do things the way we did 50 years ago. We’re one of the few old-fashioned places that grind our own beef so we can guarantee the flavor and quality of our famous Texas hamburgers. And for French Fries we still slice fresh potatoes every day.
So I invite you to try a famous Storm’s Hamburger — or order up a plate of fresh catfish. We’ve been feeding folks a long time, and we’re good at it.
Another RTE (Ride To Eat) Idea for the Hill Country:
I gotta eat, I gotta ride, so I decided to head off to Lampassas to try Storm’s Hamburgers. Open since 1950, I figured they were still open for a reason so off I went in search of the Ultimate Burger, accompanied by my local ride companion Bob Redbob Head. I decided to ride my 89 Transalp for its first real ride with its new owner and headed for D Boones Country Store on Highway 195.
I topped off with fuel and waited to rendezvous with Bob at 1100 hrs. With the temperature at 98 degrees and the sun overhead, I found some quickly vanishing shade in the parking lot. Thankfully Bob arrived on time and we were on our way to another culinary destination.
Storm’s on Hwy 183 which is the main street for downtown Lampassas.
Lampasas, Texas is a small town located at the junction of Hwy 183 and Hwy 190. The local area consists of low laying hills, many trees, rivers and streams and rides on the surrounding roads offer views of beautiful and unique properties. From Lampasas further to the north and west marks the transition of Hill Country towards desert like landscape as the treed terrain gives way to smaller scrub. There are many back road routes if you are locally savvy, but we were hungry and took a direct route from my hometown of Florence. As usual there was very little traffic but it was a tad warm.
Take A Spin on ‘Hamburger Highway’
Could the hamburger be the perfect road-trip food?
It offers protein, vegetables and bun in one handy package. And if you’re driving, you can still have one hand on the wheel. Try that with chili or barbecue.
Writer and photographer Rick Vanderpool has been sampling burgers all over Texas. He believes Interstate 35 between Dallas and San Antonio should be named Hamburger Highway. Check out these suggestions on your next trip:
Photographing a hamburger
Big state requires a big burger book
Off the trail:
The first private bathhouse in Lampasas was built by Elizabeth and George Scott. They erected a hotel near the Lampasas springs, which became known as Scott’s White Sulphur springs. The springs became a popular recreation site, touted for the healing properties of the mineral water. In 1863, the Scotts sold their property to William H. Storm and Thomas J. Moore. The Storms kept it four year, then sold the springs property to John L. Hanna and his sister Isabella Hanna in 1867. Popularity of the springs grew under the John Hanna’s management, and the hotel and springs became known as Hanna Springs.