Copycat North Woods Inn Garlic Cheese Bread

This Garlic Cheese Bread, inspired from North Woods Inn restaurants in California, is the best of the best as far as I’m concerned. Broil until bubbly and browned, the bread will be crunchy on the outsides and softer in the middle.

North Woods Inn Garlic Cheese Bread

This is one of my very special recipes. When I was young my parents would take me to the North Woods Inn restaurant in California. With your meal you get a basket of garlic cheese bread, and a big family size bowl blue cheese salad and red cabbage salad.

North Woods Inn Garlic Cheese Bread

The cheese spread can also be added to a baked potato and put under the broiler.

Over the years I will get a comment remarking that the recipe is missing the anchovies it is ‘supposed to have.’ This is a reminder that anchovies are found in the Worcestershire sauce. šŸ™‚

North Woods Inn Garlic Cheese Bread

Copycat North Woods Inn Garlic Cheese Bread

Servings: 36 approx
5 from 1 vote
This Garlic Cheese Bread, inspired from North Woods Inn restaurants in California, is the best of the best as far as Iā€™m concerned. Broil until bubbly and browned, the bread will be crunchy on the outsides and softer in the middle.
Prep Time 20 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins


  • Tupperware Containers
  • Stand Mixer


  • 1 pound grated Cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces grated Romano cheese
  • 1 1/2 pounds butter room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Sliced bread of your choosing 1/2-inch thick (Fresh plain Italian bakery bread and sourdough are both great)


  • In a stand mixer, whip the room temperature butter for a few minutes, until nearly doubled in size and light in color.
  • Add Cheddar cheese, Romano cheese, garlic powder, paprika, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce to the whipped butter. Stir until combined, using either the stand mixer or a large spoon.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use. I portion half or quarters in freezer containers since it makes a lot.
  • For serving, let the spread sit out at room temp for a bit to soften up. Spread a thin cheese mixture on bread slices. Place on foil lined pans. Preheat oven broiler. Broil in batches until browned and bubbly.


Nutritional info does not include bread.Ā 
Recipe source was misplaced many years ago. Sorry about that!


Calories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 4gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 228mgPotassium: 21mgFiber: 0.02gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 633IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 111mgIron: 0.1mg
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  1. I have a picture of me at Northwoods Inn when I was 1. It's one of my absolute favorite places, and I was just thinking about it the other day…can't wait to try this!
    ps-didja ever try mixing the salads together?? SO yummy!

    1. Is this cheese bread recipe the original one the resturant uses. Tastes exceptionally well with Tabasco sauce in the mix

  2. I made several batches at our Nacho Libre party a few months back and everyone left with the recipe.

    The guys said "When you have a RECIPE to make bread, its got to be good." So true.

  3. Looks delish! Is this the same North Woods Inn in California on Rosemead Blvd? I use to live close to there when I was a teen. I would love their purple cabbage salad I have not had it in years, they served it at the North Woods Inn and The Boat.

    1. I know that you commented a while ago, but that is the same thought I had! I ate at that same restaurant on Rosemead Blvd., and I've been hooked since. I love their purple cabbage salad

    2. Rosemead Blvd. sounds familiar to me, so that could very well be the same one. I was a child when I went with my family so I am not 100% on the street names. šŸ™‚

    3. There's one on Rosemead, one also in La Mirada, and one in Covina. I frequented all growing up and into adulthood, having lived in LA. I'm now in San Diego but my mom still lives in Covina, right by Northwoods. Sooo delicious! Gotta try your recipies!

  4. OMG! This was my most favorite restaurant as a child! I was so fascinated by being able to throw peanuts on the floor and yes, that salad and the potatoes!!! šŸ™‚

  5. I was given this recipe a long time ago, but it did not tell me to whip the room temperature butter! THAT makes all the difference. Then it is just like the carton you buy at the store for $6.00 a pop! I always the liked the flavor but didn't know this trick. So glad you mentioned it.

  6. Just made this and it was delicious – and very similar to the NWI cheese bread. I did use regular paprika and a Romano/Parmesan cheese blend in place of the straight Romano, but loved it! Thanks for the recipe; it's definitely a keeper! Can't wait to spring it on the family for Thanksgiving in a few weeks!