In the kitchens of Soma, delicacies from both the ocean and the mountains cozy up to each other, becoming tasty local cuisine. The region is a hotspot for top-level produce and food products, like rice that has won gold medals at international conventions, soy sauce that has earned top scores at national competitions for years, and specialty free range eggs―plus plenty of other produce, like strawberries and pears.
Above all else, much like the nearby city of Iwaki,
Soma's gourmet scene is really known for its high-quality fish and seafood, called Fukushima Joban-mono (福島常磐もの). Throughout the city, restaurants and ryokan
use the freshest ingredients straight from that day's catch, including some rarer varieties of seafood. Visitors shouldn't miss the chance to indulge in meals made from locally caught monkfish, flounder of all kinds, donko (どんこ or dark sleeper goby), sandlance, octopus, Sakhalin surf clam, whelk, and even snow crab.