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You! The Heartbeat of SVC

Student Life

You! The Heartbeat of SVC

Campus Restaurants and Cafés

Mount Vernon Campus

Backdoor Bakery

The Backdoor Bakery is a student-run bakery for the Culinary Arts program at Skagit Valley College. Students produce a wide range of scratch-made breads, cakes, cookies, tarts, and chocolates.

Location: Next to the Culinary Garden, across from the Norwood Cole Library.
Hours: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Tues. – Thurs. | April 9 – June 6

Cardinal Café

Cardinal Café is a student-run restaurant for the Culinary Arts program at Skagit Valley College. The menu showcases students’ talents and abilities as part of their capstone projects.

Location: Behind the cafeteria in the Cardinal Center. Enter through the Cardinal Center or from the outdoor entrance across from the DuVall Pavilion.
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m. | Tues. – Thurs. | April 23 – June 6
For reservations, email [email protected] or call 360.416.3999.

Cardinal Café Menu


  • Chicken Suya ($5)
    Kebabs, kachumnari, and peanut sauce.
  • Ceviche ($7)
    Shrimp, scallops, rockfish, avocado, crema, and tostones.
  • Raviolo al Ouvo ($5)
    Parmesan ricotta, egg yolk, brown butter, garlic confit, and sage.

Lighter Fare

  • Gimbap ($7)
    Steak, picked daikon, carrot, spinach, chives, eggs, and sweet chili sauce.
  • Beet Salad ($5)
    With goat cheese and pistachio-cherry vinaigrette.
  • Pozole Verde ($6)
    Chicken, golden hominy, potatoes, pasilla-tomatillo broth, and garnishes.


  • Steak and Fries ($20)
    Flat. iron steak, french fries, steak sauce, and carmelized onions.
  • Chicken-Chorizo Mole ($15)
    Sweet potato tamal, queso fresco, pickled onions, and cinnamon crema.
  • Pork Vindaloo ($14)
    Basmati rice, cucumber raita, and naan.
  • Korean Fried Chicken ($15)
    Pear kimchi, hot honey, and mung bean pancake.
  • Spring Vegetable Tikka Massala ($13)
    Basmati rice, paneer, cilantro, and naan.
  • Salmon Burger ($15)
    Nerka Salmon, brioche, tartar, butter lettuce, pickled lemons, and fries.


  • Orange Semifreddo ($7)
    Blood orange, gelatin, and ginger hazelnut cookie.
  • Crème Brûlée ($7)
    Rhubarb, scone, and strawberry salsa.
  • Chocolate Tart ($7)
    Black tea, meringue, and caramel.
  • Ice cream ($5)


  • Coffee ($3)
  • Cappuccino / Latte ($5)
  • Feature Mocktail ($4)
  • Soda ($3)

Mobile Food Lab

Skagit Valley College’s Mobile Food Lab is run by students in the Culinary Arts program. Students gain hands-on experience and culinary skills in a mobile food truck setting.

Location: Parked by Blackburn Pickleball Pavilion.
Hours: Wed. 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Thurs. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | April 10 – June 6

The Mobile Food Lab now takes phone orders!

Call 360.899.0584 between 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to place an order ahead of time.

Note: Must speak with a Food Truck employee to place an order. Messages left at this phone number will not be listened to.

Mobile Food Lab Menu


  • Breakfast Sandwich ($5.25)
    Brioche bun with bacon, egg, cheddar, and everything seeds.
  • Smoothie of the Week ($6)
  • Backdoor Bakery Scone ($2.75)
  • Assorted Backdoor Bakery Pastries


  • Peruvian Chicken ($10.50)
    Roast chicken, avocado, mozzarella, shoestring fries, lettuce, aji amarillo, and green sauce on a housemade roll.
  • Coffee Chili Roast Pork ($10.50)
    Braised pork shoulder, avocado, mozzarella, shoestring fries, lettuce, aji amarillo, and salsa criolla on a housemade roll.
  • Smash Burger ($11.50)
    Two 2-oz patties, cheddar, lettuce, ketchup, aji, and onions on brioche. Add avocado $1.
  • Sweet Potato-Quinoa Burger ($11)
    Mozzarella, avocado, aji, salsa criolla, and lettuce on brioche.
* Sandwich or burger can be served on greens or a tortilla.


  • Soup ($5)
  • Side Salad ($4)
  • Sweet Potato Fries ($4)


  • Coffee ($2.75)
  • Cold Brew ($3.50)
  • Water ($1.50)
  • Bubbly ($1.50)
  • Izze ($2.75)
  • Kombucha ($3.75)

Coffee Kiosk (Operated by Cardinal Bookstore)

The Mount Vernon campus coffee shop serves brewed coffee as well as grab-and-go snacks and drinks.

Location: Inside the Cardinal Center Lobby
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Mon. – Thurs.) | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Fri.)

Whidbey Island Campus

Beaver Tales Coffee

Location: Inside the Old Main building.
Hours: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Mon. – Fri. | April 2 – June 6
Visit Beaver Tales Coffee website for more information and to order online.