The Ultimate Garlic & Cheese Bread Guide

By: Carolyn Hall | April 8, 2024
Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread sticks with Marinara Sauce for Dipping

Cheese and garlic bread are a culinary experience bound to tantalize your taste buds often creating a symphony of hard-to-resist flavors. Garlic and cheese bread, a classic favorite that combines the zest of garlic with the creamy, savory flavor of cheese atop a crispy, golden crust, finds its way into the hearts of many through the craft of local pizzerias and stand-out restaurants. A classic yet necessary pair to your pizza, these breads are a must-have. Let’s embark on a flavorful journey through some of Metro Detroit’s most celebrated spots for garlic and cheese bread.


45547 Mound Road, Shelby Township

With a name that’s as fun as its food, What Up Dough Pizzeria offers garlic and cheese bread appetizers that are both delightful and delicious. Their secret? A balance of flavors marries the punch of garlic with the smoothness of cheese, all on a crust that’s just the right amount of crispy. There is dough stix, topped with butter, garlic, and parmesan and romano cheeses, with a cheese option that adds mozzarella cheese to the mix, a Cajun style with added seasonings, or jalapeño bacon ones, with diced jalapeños adding a kick. The dough babies are a smaller version of the classic garlic and are perfect for groups. It’s a friendly, welcoming spot that’s sure to make you say, “What up, dough!” to garlic and cheese bread like you’ve never had before.

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5163 Trumbull, Detroit

8150 West 9 Mile Road, Oak Park

At Pie Sci Pizza, these breads are kept pretty traditional. Known for its experimental approach to pizza, Pie Sci offers a cheese bread that’s just as yummy without too many frills. For the cheese bread, order the regular or vegan version, and pair it with a side of red sauce, ranch, or vegan herb mayo. Each bite is a blend of robust garlic flavor and melt-in-your-mouth cheese, served on their signature crust that’s perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The crispy bread sticks also stand out, covered in Everything and Cajun seasonings and served with garlic cream cheese dip (or vegan budder). It’s a must-try for those who appreciate a modern twist on classic flavors.


Multiple locations in Metro Detroit

Crispelli’s is a testament to the beauty of simplicity. Their cheesy bread is an homage to traditional Italian baking, featuring artisanal bread, olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, and a generous layer of blended cheeses. Baked to perfection, this dish is a favorite for its comforting warmth and gourmet quality. Also on the menu are cheese-filled Bosco Sticks. Either option is the perfect start to any meal or a satisfying snack all on its own.


1230 Library Street, Detroit

Mootz Pizzeria + Bar brings a slice of New York to Detroit with its pizzas, but its garlic and cheese bread takes center stage. Known for their authentic New York-style pizzas, Mootz extends their expertise to create a garlic and cheese bread that is crispy, flavorful, and utterly addictive. The garlic knots alone are worth a trip to Mootz, made simply with freshly baked dough, tossed in garlic butter and parmesan cheese but oh so delicious. The cheese bread is served in a skillet, consisting of freshly baked New York City bread, garlic butter (sign me up!) mozzarella, and your choice of pizza sauce or ranch. 


1222 East 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak

At Palazzo di Pizza, flavor and food go hand in hand. The pizzas are innovative, with options like buffalo chicken, eggplant parmigiana, and chicken carbonara pizzas available. The Palazzo breadsticks keep things simple, with garlic butter and parmesan cheese. The cheese breads also stand out, with the regular combination of cheeses, garlic butter, and parmesan cheese. There is a pepperoni version as well as a jalapeño cheese bread to kick things up a notch. The breads are everything you could want in a side and more. 


470 West Canfield, Detroit

Motor City Brewing Works offers a delicious garlic bread that is the perfect size to share. Its version has a blend of four cheeses, olive oil, oregano, garlic spice, and grated parmesan before being cooked to its’ cheesy perfection. Served with house-made tomato herb sauce and ranch dressing, you can’t go wrong. Order the garlic bread with a brew and the Godfather pizza that features roasted garlic and red pepper and you’ll have a cheesy-good meal!