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A Bellevue coffee shop boasts special days for pies and pancakes

If ever there was a reason to eat pie before 10 a.m., it can be found at Affogato.

At the coffee shop along Bellevue's main drag, Wednesdays have become "pie day": That's when employee Angelica Ross bakes. Her pies, based on her mother's crust recipe and "things I'd like to eat in a pie," currently showcase the season's fruit: cherries, peaches and blueberries. On the day City Paper visited, her cherry pie had just come from the oven and was full of warm, gooey, cherry halves topped with a sweet streusel. 

Pie day is new this summer, and the desserts complement Affogato's array of sandwiches and sides -- "90 percent of which are made in house" by owner Victoria Dilliott, Ross says. Paninis -- fresh basil, mozzarella and tomato, or pepperoni and pepper-jack cheese -- were featured the day I visited, as were hummus, stuffed grape leaves and quiche. Breads, cookies and bagels all come from local purveyors. 

The coffee shop also offers a pancake bar on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 2 p.m. Choose from whole wheat, plain and pumpkin batters, and a section of add-ins, including graham crackers, butterscotch chips, pears, walnuts and fresh mint. 

Affogato also has full coffee bar with espressos, coffees and caffeinated beverages, but the pie definitely takes the cake. If you want a fresh slice, stop by the shop on a Wednesday. After all, Ross says, "Pie and coffee are a classic combination." 613 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue. 412-761-0750

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