Will be visiting in June.
Looking for good local restaurants.
Fukushima Prefecture is actually divided in several areas or regions. Nation-wide known local soul foods include ikaninjin (cooked carrots and squid) and dengaku (konnyaku or tofu with specially seasoned miso cooked on skewers).
Wappameshi (rice steamed in a box of wood with goodies of the mountain and the seas) is the staple soul food of Aizu area, and there are several good restaurants serving this:
The most touristic area in Fukushima could be Aizu Wakamatsu (old castle town with onsen town nearby), Lake Inawashiro (a scenic lake and birthplace to famed Dr Noguchi), and Kitakata (a town of old warehouses and ramen noodles).
Koriyama is the largest city in the Prefecture, although I don't quite remember eating anything memorable there. You should look for restaurants serving local cuisine. Fukushima City is actually a smaller city than Koriyama, which has perhaps Japan's No.1 spot for cherry blossom viewing in mid April (a truly wonderful place). There is a historic regional rivalry and the game of central government which had used that rivalry particularly after the Meiji Restoration.
My favorite town is Nihonmatsu with an impressive hilltpop castle ruins (which is great in spring with cherry blossom). In the civil war during the Meiji Restoration, like Aizu Wakamatsu, the local samurais fought to the last with the lord committing harakiri on that castle. It's also home to the artist Chieko with her natal home intact: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chieko_Takamura
In the specialty of the Aizu district, I ate Kozuyu and Takato-soba.
I ate them at Ouchijuku.
Takato-soba is eaten using green onion instead of chopsticks.
And eat a green onion for a while.
Kitakata is a ramen town, I have been to the area twice.
I liked the ramen at Bannai shokudo.
Makoto shokudo have also been suggested by acquaintances. This was soy sauce(Shoyu) ramens.
I like Yubeshi for sweets. (Especially Walnut(Kurumi)
Mamadoru and Usukawa manju are also famous.
Koriyama also has a shop where you can eat Aizu local cuisine
Are you looking specifically at Fukushima City?
Enban Gyoza is a popular local dish. I recommend a place called Terui. They have several stores around the city including one at Fukushima Station (East exit), and the original store in Iizaka Onsen (20 mins from the city via the Iizaka Line). fukushima-guide.jp/eat-drink/enban-gyoza/
And recently I came across this article about some of the smaller cafes in the city:
There are a ton of small independent cafes and restaurants.
But one of my favourite places in the city is an izakaya called Tasuichi:
I actually work at the tourist information center at Fukushima Station. So drop in when you get here and I can give you more detailed info about the city.
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